UPDATE: Greenwich Police Investigate Shots Fired, Suspect Discharged Pistol at Oxygen Tank

Greenwich Police car

Update, Wed. Aug 17, 2016: 

On August 15, 2016 officers from the Greenwich Police Department were dispatched to a private residence on Stonehenge Drive South on the report of an altercation between two males.

Matthew Christopher Ilchert, a convicted felon, came to Greenwich to confront and intimidate the victim. Preliminary investigation revealed that for at least several days ILchert has been arguing with the victim, a local Greenwich resident, with whom he is a close acquaintance.

Upon his arrival at the victim’s residence Ilchert placed a metal Oxygen bottle on the pillar in front of the victim’s house and discharged a pistol at the tank.  Investigators are currently  operating under theory that suspect’s intent was to have the oxygen bottle explode. However, the round did not penetrate the tank nor did the tank explode.  At the time of the discharge of the weapon there were two non-involved persons near the altercation but not injured by the ricocheting round.

The shooter, Matthew Ilchert then fled the scene striking the victim with his car causing minor injury to the victim.  A short time later Ilchert wrecked his vehicle just outside of Westchester County Airport in New York State.  Ilchert was arrested by Westchester County Police and is currently being held at Westchester County Correctional Facility on New York State charges.

After consultation with the CT States Attorney’s Office at GA-1 Stamford , an arrest warrant application completed and subsequently approved by the Honorable Judge Blawie with a court set bond of $150,000.00.  Our investigators continue to coordinate with the New York courts regarding the extradition of Ilchert to face our charges.

SUSPECT
Matthew Christopher ILchert
08/20/1980
117 Rowayton Avenue
Norwalk, CT 06853

Warrant Charges
Criminal Possession of a Firearm (C.G.S. 53a-217)
Carrying a Gun Without a Permit (C.G.S. 29-35)
Unlawful Discharge of a Firearm (53-203),
Assault 3rd (53-61)
Reckless Endangerment 1st 3 Counts (53a-63)
Breach of Peace 2nd (53a-181)
Reckless Driving (14-222).


Original Story, Aug 15: In two audio statements on Monday, press information officer Lt. Kraig Gray said Greenwich Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding shots fired on the west side of town earlier in the day.

“Right now there is no one is seriously injured, nobody actually shot, and we believe to  have the single suspect in custody,” Gray said, adding that the suspect is being detained by the Westchester County Police and will be charged by them under New York Fugitive from Justice Laws.

“However this is an open investigation, with officers still on scene,” he said.

“We are not looking for anyone else, and we believe to have the single suspect in custody and  will continue to investigate all the circumstances surrounding the event,” he said.

In the second of two audio statements, Gray said this is not a random act or a road rage incident. “The suspect and the intended victim knew one another. There was contact between  the suspect vehicle and the intended victim causing non life-threatening injuries.”

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.


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