Published: Wed, December 06, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Police responding to vehicle crash find teen shot and killed in auto

Police responding to vehicle crash find teen shot and killed in auto

Police said Santiago was in the passenger seat with three apparent gunshot wounds in the head.

A 16-year-old girl was allegedly shot dead by her 27-year-old boyfriend before he crashed the auto they were travelling in in north Conneticut.

Pittman then said Santiago had a knife, started yelling at him about borrowing money from him and him buying her a winter coat, then she started cutting store scan cards from his keys and took a gun from the console of his auto, the arrest warrant application said.

Authorities pronounced Santiago dead at the scene. As they were fighting over the gun, it went off, and Pittman crashed the auto.

"The factors that caused this tumultuous end are still under investigation and we're hoping to resolve that shortly", Waterbury Police Deputy Chief Fernando Spagnolo said during a news conference Tuesday afternoon.

Police found a weapon in the vehicle and have since charged Pittman with killing the teenager.

Christy Rivera, Santiago's aunt, said at a vigil being held for the teenage girl she wished she could bring her back.

They got into an argument, fought over the gun and he pulled the trigger and shot Santiago twice in the head, the court records state.

Dominique Pittman, 27, is accused of shooting Santiago and escaping the vehicle before it burst into flames.

"Nobody knows nothing until something happens". Francisco Rivera, Santiago's adoptive father, told WFSB that Pittman was also the father of three children with his other daughter. "He looks at four walls and figures out what he did wrong".

Pictured, Wilby High School student, Evalyce Santiago.Evalyce Santiago celebrated by grieving family and friends. He is being held on $1 million bond. He's scheduled to appear in court today, December 6.

Pittman, of Waterbury, is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday on murder and various weapon charges.

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