City | 10:49 am | April 2, 2012 | By James Lu

NHPD officers under investigation

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Photo by Nick Defiesta.

Three New Haven Police Department officers have been placed on paid administrative leave after an off-duty shooting incident outside State Street bar Christopher Martin’s Sunday morning.

NHPD Chief Dean Esserman said he asked the three officers to surrender their guns, badges and police identification Sunday afternoon after the department launched an Internal Affairs investigation into the incident.

“No one was shot at, no one was hit, no property was damaged,” Esserman said. “The actions of the few do not speak for the many.”

Officers responded to a report of gunshots around State and Pearl streets at 2:27 a.m. Sunday morning and found evidence of gunfire, City Hall spokeswoman Elizabeth Benton ’04 said.

The two officers who fired their guns were Charles Kim and Larry Burns, while the third officer did not fire his gun, the New Haven Register reported.

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