Off-Duty Connecticut Officer Shoots Daughter

STRATFORD, Conn. (AP) - An off-duty New Haven police officer shot and critically wounded his 18-year-old daughter, apparently mistaking her for an intruder after she sneaked out of their Stratford home and re-entered through the basement.

Eric Scott, 41, on the New Haven force for nine years, has not been charged in the Tuesday shooting.

"Mr. Scott was under the impression his daughter had gone to bed for the night," Stratford Capt. Thomas Rodia said. "He did not expect his daughter to be outside or down in the basement."

Investigators said Tasha Scott left her home late Monday to meet a boyfriend. She triggered a backyard motion sensor light as she tried to enter through a basement door.

Awakened by the light, Eric Scott spotted someone moving in the basement bathroom, police said. He fired his department-issued pistol once, hitting the teen in the knee. The bullet traveled up her leg and lodged in her thigh area, police said.

Her father called 911, authorities said.

The teenager underwent surgery and was listed in critical but stable condition Wednesday morning.

Scott has been on leave since being struck by a truck while on duty in November. A telephone listing for him had been disconnected Wednesday morning, and a message left for him at the New Haven department was not immediately returned.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Jason Location: Lexington on Jun 1, 2007 at 10:10 AM
    Justin from Salyersville wrote: ***IF IT WOULD HAVE BEEN ME AND I THOUGHT SOMEONE HAD BROKE IN MY HOME I WOULD HAVE SHOUT THAT PERSON NOT IN THE KNEE BUT IN THE CHEST OR HEAD SO GIVE THE MAN A BRAKE*** Yes sir Justin, I can tell you are one of those highly educated gun owners. First off, you shoot with a gun, not "shout" with a gun and we could give the man a break, not "brake" Shoot first, ask questions later. Yep, nice logic there boy. Oh, and by the way, you already "broke in your home" by living there, but someone could possibly have "broken into your home" A mind not educated is just a big piece of mush.
  • by mel Location: lex on Jun 1, 2007 at 09:28 AM
    People who have entered your home in the dark are wide awake and have already adjusted to the darkness and are in a much better position to see you than you are them when first awakening. This happens a lot, but the fact that he's a cop will of course make headlines. There are more people shot with their own guns, shooting their family/friends mistakenly, children getting ahold of a gun, or committing suicide with a gun kept in their home than prevention of home invasion.
  • by William Location: Silver Springs, FL on May 31, 2007 at 01:55 PM
    Sad story. Reminds me of the `black comedy' movie `Joe' of many years ago. Perhpas the gun advocates are correct and we should all arm ourselves. Had she been armed, she could have shot back. At any rate, when there's only one person left, he or she will know for sure that no one will shoot them---unless he or she decides to commit suicide!
  • by JUSTIN Location: SALYERSVILLE on May 31, 2007 at 11:12 AM
  • by Vicki Location: Danville on May 31, 2007 at 10:58 AM
    This is a terrible situation that took place. I do not feel that the blame should be placed on one or the other. The daughter was wrong for sneaking out and yes I suppose the father should have indicated that he was armed but no one in this world is perfect and instead of pointing the finger at either one, we should be lifting up our prayers for the girl and her family while at the same time praising the good Lord that she wasn't killed. The father is going to have to live with this for the rest of his life so we shouldn't judge. WE never know what we would do unless we are put in that situation. My prayers go out to them.
  • by sandy Location: bristol on May 31, 2007 at 03:11 AM
    Hey, the daughter shouldn't be slipping out. That caused the problem not the Dad! In any situation the kid is always right that is why the world is going crazy. Parents are to blame for everything right or wrong. Why should you shout "police" when you are in your own home and someone is slipping in your basement. He went for the knee not the heart. Bad daughter not bad Dad!
  • by LA Location: ky on May 31, 2007 at 02:20 AM
    let someone come in my house and sneak through the basement and wake me up out of a dead sleep mabe he should had said police and yes he should have tried to get a visual on the target but it could of happen to any of us the same way the way the world is now we are all somewhat gun happy but if someone came in that time of night and i was asleep i may have done the same thing and for her when u sneak out you take that chance with anyone she lucky he went for to Mame and not to kill he went for the leg and not the head so give him some credit
  • by A Mom Location: Georgetown on May 30, 2007 at 09:39 PM
    I can't really say I can understand the panic of a break-in and feeling I had to protect more than myself, but my family. I can't say I agree with the actions taken by this officer, but then again, I've not been in his situation. I can't imagine having to live for the rest of my life knowing I hurt either of my children, so I know he will torture himself with 'why didn't i do things differently' for the rest of his life more than likely. I could sit and pick this to peices for days, but I think I'd just rather send up a prayer for the daughter and her family.
  • by Jamie Location: Morehead on May 30, 2007 at 08:27 PM
    Amazing how everyone is so critical and has expert advice about a situation they have never encountered and only have a fraction of the actual information about. Lots of variables that we do not know from the information given.
  • by TonyRage Location: Toronto on May 30, 2007 at 02:38 PM
    Why would anyone defend his actions. There is no cause to shoot first, ask questions later. H obviously had the drop on her, and could have said, "What are you doing", or "I have a gun and am not afraid to use it". If he is a cop and in position to shoot he should not worry (how many cat burglars are quick draw artists?).
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