STAMFORD, Conn. — Lt. Diedrich Hohn does not know when this recent spree of violent crimes will end in Stamford, but he knows how.
“They will end in another shooting or arrest — whatever comes first,” said Hohn, a member of the Bureau of Criminal Investigations for the department.
While the lieutenant hopes the shootings end with an arrest before anyone else is hurt or killed, he said the only way that will happen is if people reach out to police and assist them in finding suspects. He said police have not even received anonymous tips from the community.
“No one wants to be labeled a snitch,” he said, explaining that people are afraid of what may happen to them if it is learned that they are helping the police or if they have to testify. He said he hopes people will start to call in anonymously and at least give police a direction in which to go.
Adding to Hohn’s concern that the multitude of shootings and two deaths in July is not the end of the story is that the victims have not cooperated with police and have actually told them that they will take retaliation into their own hands, he said, adding that most of the victims in these cases are criminals as well.
The additional presence of patrol units, members of the Neighborhood Impact Unit, and Narcotics and Organized Crime Unit has helped lead to the seizure of numerous guns and related arrests, but is not enough, Hohn said. Police are unsure of exactly how so many are getting their hands on guns, he said.