NORWICH, Conn. (AP) — A suicidal man who opened fire on Norwich police and wounded an officer killed himself in a city apartment during an hours-long standoff with authorities, state police said Tuesday.
A state police tactical team found 30-year-old Jason Razzino dead in a bathroom after breaking into the home at the Cedar Glen Apartments, hours after the standoff began Monday afternoon, state police Lt. J. Paul Vance said.
The wounded officer, Jonathan Ley, a 14-year veteran of the force, was in fair condition Tuesday at Yale-New Haven Hospital, a hospital spokesman said, and he remains in intensive care. Norwich Police Chief Louis J. Fusaro Sr. said at a news conference Tuesday that Ley is alert and speaking with family and friends.
Vance said the 38-year-old Ley is being treated for four gunshot wounds. Authorities said Ley was wearing a bulletproof vest when he was shot.
Norwich officers were called to the apartment complex shortly after 2:30 p.m. Monday on a report of an armed man who appeared to be suicidal. When officers arrived, Razzino open fire on them with a rifle and handgun and wounded Ley, state police said.
The officers returned fire but had to retreat to safety, officials said. Norwich police asked for help from state police, who sent troopers from the Montville barracks and two tactical teams to the scene. It wasn’t immediately clear exactly when police entered the apartment, but the standoff stretched into the night.
State police were investigating what led to the shooting. State and federal court records show no criminal or civil legal history for Razzino.
Ley graduated from Norwich Free Academy in 1992 and joined Norwich police six years later, according to a profile on him by The Bulletin of Norwich published last February.
He is also a reservist in the Coast Guard, having served in waterway patrols in New York Harbor after the 9/11 terrorist attacks and in port security operations in Kuwait in 2009, the newspaper reported.