Hamden Police Officer Charged in Use of Force Incident
A Hamden police officer was arrested today and charged with assault and reckless endangerment as a result of the use of force in an April incident in New Haven that left a woman wounded.
DEVIN EATON, age 29, was arrested by Connecticut State Police on a warrant charging him with one count of Assault in the First Degree and two counts of Reckless Endangerment in the First Degree.
According to the arrest warrant affidavit, the charges are the result of an investigation conducted by Patrick J. Griffin, State’s Attorney for the Judicial District of New Haven, into an April 26, 2019, incident on Argyle Street in New Haven.
The warrant states that a New Haven woman was wounded as a result of the use of force by Eaton involving a motor vehicle stopped on Argyle Street. The driver of the car sustained minor non-gunshot injuries, the warrant states. Neither the driver nor the passenger were charged as a result of the incident, the warrant states.
The charges are merely accusations and Eaton is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. Assault in the First Degree is a class B felony punishable by not less than 1 nor more than 20 years in prison. Reckless Endangerment in the First Degree is a class A misdemeanor punishable by up 1 year in jail on each count.
Eaton was released on $100,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in New Haven Superior Court, G.A. No. 23, on October 28, 2019. The case is being prosecuted by the Office of the State’s Attorney for the Judicial District of New Haven.