Sergeant Michael Cirillo with the Hamden Police Department was charged with third-degree assault after he left his position on December 31, 2017 in a neighboring city and went to confront a suspect around 11:45 a.m.
On scene were already the North Haven Police Department. The bodycam video shows that within seconds of Sergeant Cirillo arriving the sergeant is seen attacking Vincent Terrane by pushing him as well as putting him in a headlock.
According to police reports, Terrone allegedly sent a text message to his girlfriend, threatening to kill her parents and her sister, who is Cirillo’s wife, but Terrone asked police who it was, saying he never saw him before.
Terrone was then taken to Yale-New Haven Hospital for evaluation and treatment of his lower back injury he obtained from the confrontation.
In the bodycam videos you can hear Sergeant Cirillo saying, “Sorry about all this man, iIt is what it is, we’ll go from here, right?” Which the other officer responded, “you do something dumb, you suffer this consequences, that’s how it works.”
Sergeant Cirillos was arrested for third-degree assault. He has a plea hearing scheduled for Jan. 18. Hamden Chief of Police Thomas J. Wydra released a statement on the arrest of Cirillo.
“I was immediately made aware of the arrest of Sergeant Michael Cirillo on December 31, 2017 by the North Haven Police Department. Based on the circumstances involved in the incident as I understand them, Sergeant Cirillo was promptly placed on modified duty and relived of all police powers and authority, pending the outcome of an internal investigation which was initiated forthwith,” Wydra said in a statement on Saturday. “
Hamden Police Department: (203) 230-4000