Trooper's Duties Limited Pending Probe into Fatal Shooting

January 25, 2020 - 10:35 pm
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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - A coalition of religious leaders and the family of a 19-year-old man shot and killed by a Connecticut State Police trooper have come to an agreement with the state on the duty status of the trooper involved in the shooting, a pastor announced Saturday. 

During the investigation into the death of Mubarak Soulemane, Trooper Brian North will not interact with the public or be assigned to a barracks, will remain on desk duty and won't be allowed to drive a marked police vehicle, the Rev. Boise Kimber said in an email. Kimber has been speaking on behalf of Soulemane's family.

The conditions were announced after a week of negotiations with James Rovella, commissioner of the state Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, which oversees state police.

"We believe this resolution is in the best interest of the safety of the public and are pleased that the commissioner was so willing to engage with us on this issue,'' Kimber said.

State police confirmed the conditions in an email.

North fatally shot Soulemane in West Haven on January 15 as Soulemane was sitting in the driver's seat of a car and displaying a knife, after a stun gun failed, state police said. 

Soulemane had led police on a chase from Norwalk after allegedly stealing a car.

North had been on administrative duty per protocol.

The shooting remains under investigation.