Connecticut trooper arrested in 2020 killing of motorist who led police on high-speed chase

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This Jan. 15, 2020, still image from dashboard camera video released by the Connecticut State Police shows Trooper Brian North after discharging his weapon and fatally shooting Mubarak Soulemane following a high-speed chase. North was arrested Tuesday night, April 19, 2022, in connection with the shooting, state police said.

A Connecticut state trooper was arrested Tuesday more than two years after he fatally shot a motorist who was boxed in by police after a high-speed chase.

Trooper Brian North has been charged with first-degree manslaughter in the death of Mubarak Soulemane, 19, in West Haven on Jan. 15, 2020, the state’s inspector general said in a news release.  

North was released on bond, and he has since been placed on paid administrative leave and his police powers were suspended while the criminal proceedings continue, state police said in a statement.

In the 2020 incident, Connecticut state police said Soulemane stole a vehicle and led troopers on a high-speed chase on Interstate 95 before troopers boxed the vehicle in. A West Haven police officer smashed the passenger window before a trooper attempted to shoot Soulemane with a Taser, which did not work, according to body camera footage from state police at the scene.



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