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Ledyard and Mashantucket Police search for suspect in Rhode Island homicide

LEDYARD – Ledyard Police say they and Mashantucket Tribal Police are searching for a man who is a suspect in a Westerly, Rhode Island homicide. Earlier in...
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LEDYARD – Ledyard Police say they and Mashantucket Tribal Police are searching for a man who is a suspect in a Westerly, Rhode Island homicide.

Earlier in the evening, Ledyard police were asking area residents to remain inside, and for motorists to avoid the area of Shewville Road and Coachman Pike. They closed Shewville Road to traffic as they searched for a suspect, described as a black male with short hair wearing a red striped shirt, may be armed.

Ledyard police confirmed they were assisting the Westerly Police in their investigation of a fatal shooting.  The Westerly Sun reports that police were called to Marriott Avenue in Westerly at about 4 p.m. for a possible shooting, and a bulletin was released about a half hour later for suspect who was driving a car with Connecticut plates.

About 8:15 p.m., Ledyard Police said that “after an extensive search of the area involving Ledyard Police, Mashantucket Tribal Police, Connecticut State Police, and K9 and patrol units from Westerly Police, Groton Town Police, Stonington Police, and Montville Police, Shewville Road has been reopened to traffic.”

Captain Kenneth Creutz of the Ledyard Police tells FOX61 that the active search was “breaking down” after the suspect was not located in the area, but they are ‘running down some leads’, and police will maintain a presence in the area.

Ledyard Police say anyone who sees a suspicious person in the area should call 911 immediately.