Norwich — A city man who told police he fired a shot into the air in the “chaos of the moment” at the Mai Thai Restaurant on June 24 turned himself in to police this morning and was arraigned in Superior Court.
Devan Jarmon, 24, allegedly went to the front parking lot of the bar and fired one round of ammunition from his 9 mm pistol after people came into the bar screaming that somebody had been shot on the bar’s back deck.
In the initial shooting, Donna L. Richardson, 45, of 127 Hempstead St., New London, suffered a fatal gunshot wound to the chest. Another unidentified woman was hospitalized with a gunshot wound to the upper right thigh.
The alleged killer, 32-year-old David Grant, is still at large. He is accused of murder, first-degree assault, first-degree reckless endangerment and criminal possession of a pistol or revolver. His last known address was 15G Adelaide Road, and police said he is thought to be hiding out with family in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Jarmon is charged with carrying a pistol without a permit, unlawful discharge of a firearm, criminal possession of a pistol or revolver and first-degree reckless endangerment.
At his arraignment, Judge Hunchu Kwak ordered Jarmon held in lieu of $165,000 bond, citing his previous felony convictions for possession of narcotics, third-degree assault and failure to appear in court. The judge also cited the need to keep the public safe. He continued the case to Aug. 21. According to an arrest warrant affidavit, police interviewed a Laurel Hill Avenue neighbor of the Mai Thai who had been awakened by the 1:50 a.m. shooting. The police discovered that a stray bullet had penetrated the wall and the ceiling of the man’s bedroom and spare bedroom.
Another neighbor gave police a bloody sneaker that her child had found in the nearby woods. Police went to the spot and found a keying with grocery store scan cards and attached keys. They took the Stop & Shop card to the local grocery store and learned it belonged to Jarmon.
Interviewed three days later when he went to see his probation officer, Jarmon admitted he had discharged his gun at the Mai Thai. He said he was in the dance floor area of the bar when people came in yelling that somebody had been shot. He said he went into the front parking lot where he got “caught up in the chaos of the moment" and fired one into the air. Jarmon said he fled across the street and ditched the gun beneath a car. Police recovered the gun, a 9mm Maverick, loaded with five rounds of ammunition, the same day.
Members of the state police Eastern District Major Crime Squad found a single casing from a 9mm at the crime scene. They searched for the projectile in the neighbor’s home but could not locate it.
Anyone with information regarding the shooting is encouraged to call the Norwich Police Department at (860) 886-5561, the anonymous tip line at (860) 886-5561 ext. 500, or to email firstname.lastname@example.org