New Haven Police Make Murder Arrest

New Haven police have made an arrest in a shooting that killed one teenager and injured another.

Jeffrey Covington, 18, was taken into custody on unrelated charges on Wednesday, then charged Thursday with first-degree murder, first-degree assault, criminal possession of a firearm, criminal use of a firearm and carring a pistol without a permit.

The charges stem from the March 24 shooting at Lilac and Butler streets that killed 17-year-old Taijohn Washington and injured 16-year-old Travon Washington.

“The New Haven Police Department is committed to the families of our community with the hope that we have brought justice and relief to these grieving families,” said Police Chief Dean Esserman. “As always, I am thankful for the relentless work of our New Haven detectives who continuously work in partnership with our community.”

Covington is being held on a $2 million bond.

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