Hamden police officer arrested in uniform after assaulting man who sent threatening texts
NORTH HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)–A Hamden police officer was arrested in uniform after North Haven police said he assaulted a suspect in a burglary and harassment investigation. The incident happened back on December 31.
North Haven police said Sergeant Michael Cirillo of the Hamden Police Departmentshowed up at an investigation at 4 Philip Place in North Haven. The investigation involved Vincent Terrone, who officers said had sent threatening text messages to Cirillo’s family.
In bodycam video released to News 8 by police, you can see Cirillo enter the basement of the home and immediately begin yelling at Terrone, grabbing him by the shirt. He then pushed him backwards onto the ground, and put him in a headlock.
Cirillo was yelling at Terrone about making threats to his family. He was pulled off of Terrone by North Haven police.
Terrone complained of an injury to his lower back, and officers called fire department and medical personnel to the scene. He was taken to Yale-New Haven Hospital.
According to the police report, Terrone has a heroin problem, and is dating Cirillo’s sister-in-law.
Cirillo was charged with third-degree assault. He was placed on ‘modified duty’, and relieved of all police authority, pending an internal investigation.
In the video, you can hear Cirillo apologize to North Haven officers for his actions.
“Sorry about all this, man,” he says to one officer.
“It is what it is,” he responds.
“You do something wrong, and you suffer the consequences,” Cirillo says.
Cirillo was issued a misdemeanor summons with a promise to appear for a criminal court date on January 11 in Meriden.
Terrone asked for charges against him to be dropped.
Hamden Police Chief Thomas Wydra issued the following statement to News 8 on Saturday:
“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.”