UPS driver dies after assault; co-worker taken into custody

Connecticut State Police say a UPS employee wanted in a deadly attack on a coworker was taken into custody

WATERTOWN, Connecticut – A UPS employee wanted in a deadly attack on a co-worker was taken into custody on Wednesday, Connecticut state police said.

The suspect, Elijah David Bertrand, 19, has been the target of searches since Tuesday night, when a UPS colleague, Nathan Burk, was found injured.

The two men were apparently in the same vehicle before the attack, Connecticut State Police Officer Joseu Dorelus said at a news conference. The reason was unknown. A gun was recovered at the scene, said Dorelus.

Bertrand was located and taken into the custody of the state police, the agency said on Twitter. It was not immediately clear whether he had a lawyer.

State troops initially responded to a call about an accident involving a UPS truck in Watertown at about 10:30 pm on Tuesday. They found that Burk, 28, of Waterbury, had been beaten, and doctors took him to a hospital, where he died.

Connecticut State Police did not provide information on the nature of Burk’s injuries. An autopsy should determine the cause and form of death.

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of our colleague and are cooperating with the investigation,” said UPS spokesman Matthew O’Connor.