HARTFORD — A woman begged a 911 dispatcher to tell police officers not to kill the man who was described by witnesses as “acting very deranged” while carrying a gun in the neighborhood the night after Christmas, according to audio recordings released Tuesday.
The Ansonia-Milford state’s attorney’s office has released audio from a 911 call and police dispatches that shed new light on the police shooting death of Shamar Ogman, a 30-year-old Black man on Dec. 26.
Police said they were called to an address on Gilman Street shortly before 9 p.m. that evening after a 911 caller reported there was a man in the street carrying a gun.
In the 26 minutes of audio released by Ansonia-Milford State’s Attorney Margaret E. Kelley, the woman who called 911 can be heard giving a description of Ogman.
“He’s acting very deranged,” the woman told the dispatcher.
The dispatcher asked the woman if she’s ever seen Ogman with a gun before, but she said she was just visiting a friend.
A second woman who spoke to the dispatcher said Ogman was upset and that she had never seen him with a gun before.
“You don’t know what set him off, what was stressing him out?” the dispatcher asked.
“No I don’t,” the woman replied.
Through tears, she later pleaded for the dispatcher to tell the police not to kill Ogman.
“Please don’t kill ... please tell the officers don’t kill [him],” she said.
A man later can be heard telling the callers police were taping off an area where someone had been shot.
Police arrived around three minutes after the 911 call was made and found Ogman carrying a handgun and a rifle, according to an initial report from Kelley’s office.
“Yeah, he’s got a scoped rifle and a black handgun in his hand,” an officer can be heard saying over the radio in the dispatch audio released Tuesday.
What follows is a chaotic scene as police pursued Ogman through backyards and over a fence, and warning each other to avoid being caught in crossfire.
“Party’s walking eastbound, he’s upset about a girlfriend,” an officer can be heard saying.
Body camera footage from three officers released days after the incident shows police cornering Ogman behind a dumpster and ordering him to throw down his rifle.
“Mr. Ogman failed to comply with additional requests to drop the weapons and appears to point the rifle in the direction of the police,” the report from Kelley’s office said.
Officer Ashley Martinez fired a single shot from her rifle striking Ogman, the report said. As police approached him while he was slumped over the dumpster, the video appears to show a tan-colored rifle police said he was carrying.
It is unclear whether the rifle Ogman was carrying was loaded. An officer recorded in the body camera footage can be heard saying he is unsure if the weapon had a magazine in it.
An officer also reported over the radio before the shooting that Ogman had discarded the handgun, but the report from the state’s attorney’s office does not specify whether he was in possession of that gun when he was shot.
Court filings show Ogman was arrested twice in the weeks leading up to his death.
On Dec. 15, Meriden police pulled him over for tinted windows and driving erratically. As police removed him from the car, they saw the butt of a gun under the passenger seat, according to a copy of the incident report obtained by Hearst Connecticut Media.
A search of the vehicle turned up a Glock 17 9mm handgun with an extended magazine, a “facsimile” H&K .45 caliber handgun, a 10-round magazine, several spent shell casings and a component of a magazine to another handgun, the report said.
Ogman, a Hartford resident, was charged with multiple firearm and motor vehicle violations, including criminal possession of a firearm and criminal possession of ammunition.
A search of police systems showed Ogman was on probation for first-degree robbery, and had a case pending after Hartford police charged him with four counts of weapons in a motor vehicle, the warrant said.
Two days before Ogman was killed, Bloomfield police charged him with third-degree assault and breach of peace.
A woman told police Ogman struck her on the face after an argument at their work, according to his arrest warrant in the Dec. 9 incident.
When police contacted him by phone, Ogman denied striking the woman and claimed he had “a history of ‘mental issues’ but they are ‘under control,” according to the warrant. He suggested “it causes him to inappropriately manage his anger sometimes.”
A release from the state’s attorney’s office that accompanied the audio released Tuesday said the police-involved shooting investigation remains ongoing.
“While we will strive to complete the investigation as quickly as possible, our primary goal is to ensure that the investigation is thorough and complete,” Kelley said in a statement.