A Connecticut woman has been charged with attempted murder for allegedly firing multiple shots into the bulletproof glass of a police department and subsequently lighting a cigarette in the lobby. Suzanne Laprise, 51, entered the Bristol police department office at approximately 11:30 p.m. on Oct. 5, carrying a handgun, Law and Crime reported, citing a police press release.
Surveillance footage from the police department shows Laprise knocking on the front desk windows and using the gun to bang on the glass for about 30 seconds. She then moved to a nearby door and fired a shot into the bulletproof glass before turning back toward the front desk and aiming the handgun.
After firing a shot directly at the glass and another into the ceiling, Laprise set down the gun, her bag, and a sweatshirt on chairs in the lobby. Simultaneously, she appeared to start smoking a cigarette.
In the following minutes, Laprise sat down, facing the door she initially shot at. Video footage captured first responders narrowly opening the door before abruptly slamming it shut. From her seat, Laprise fired another shot toward the door.
Officer Spencer Boisvert firing two shots at Laprise, but both were stopped by the bulletproof glass. Laprise’s shots were also ineffective against the glass. The video shows multiple officers rushing toward Laprise when she set the gun down. Law enforcement deployed an electronic defense weapon before taking her into custody.
The incident is currently under investigation by the Office of Inspector General, Connecticut State Police Central District Major Crime Squad, the New Britain State’s Attorney’s Office, and the Bristol Police Department.
Laprise appeared in court on Oct. 6 for her arraignment and is now facing nine charges, including criminal attempt/murder with special circumstances, illegal discharge of a firearm, illegal carry of firearms under the influence of drugs/alcohol, criminal use of a weapon, violation of pistol permit requirements, illegal possession of a large capacity magazine, criminal mischief, reckless endangerment, and breach of peace. She is being held on a $1 million bond, with her next court date scheduled for Oct. 1.
Whatch the incident in the clip below from Law and Crime: