Connecticut police are on Wednesday hunting down a suspect accused of assaulting and killing a UPS truck driver.
The fugitive, Elijah David Bertrand, 19, was identified as the victim’s co-worker and investigators said he was apparently in the same vehicle on Tuesday night when the attack occurred in Watertown.
“If you see this individual, we ask you to avoid making contact,” Officer Josue Dorelus told reporters on Wednesday at a news conference, adding that Bertrand is considered dangerous. He asked anyone who knows his whereabouts to contact the police.
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Connecticut State Police said it was first called to Watertown last night for “what was initially reported as a vehicle accident involving a UPS truck”.
“With the arrival of the police, the truck driver was located and it was soon discovered that he had been the victim of an assault,” wrote the agency in a Press release.
The reason for the attack remains unclear, but police said Bertrand – whom they described as a six-foot-tall white man with blue eyes – fled the scene.
“We are asking the public to remain vigilant,” added the statement.
Early respondents took the victim to a local hospital, where “she later succumbed to the injuries sustained during the attack,” police said.
A gun was also recovered at the scene, according to Dorelus.
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Connecticut State Police did not identify the driver. The nature of his injuries was unclear and an autopsy would determine the cause and form of the death.
“We are deeply saddened by the loss of our colleague and are cooperating with the investigation,” said UPS spokesman Matthew O’Connor.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.