The man was transported to the hospital for injuries considered life threatening - he has been identified as a 33-year-old man.
Police say Dowdell drove his vehicle toward officers as they tried to stop him in connection with a series of violent carjackings and street robberies.
Shortly thereafter, police opened fire on the three suspects near the intersection of Newington Avenue and Chapman Street.
According to a police statement, after a foot chase, the officer caught up to the man and then shot him. They tried to stop the auto, but the driver fled. "Fearing for their safety, New Britain police personnel shot several rounds from their duty weapons at the Toyota, striking the front two occupants".
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They said the scene spanned several blocks and includes the parking lot at Chamberlain Elementary School.
Police have identified the suspect killed in an officer-involved shooting Thursday night.
The 15-year-old, who was not named, was shot in the leg and treated at Connecticut Children's Medical Center in Hartford. According to police, he was in possession of suspected heroin and bullets. He was charged with carrying a weapon in a motor vehicle, possessing a pistol without a permit and possessing narcotics.
Young was held on a $100,000 bond and is expected to be appear in New Britain Superior Court on December 15th.
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Judge Joan Alexander noted that an investigation was still underway and that Young was wanted on two warrants charging him with driving a auto without permission and driving without a license.
In an interview with Connecticut State Police, Young denied any knowledge of the gun in the vehicle or of prior robberies.
New Britain Police Chief James Wardwell said Thursday that more than one officer fired at the vehicle, but state police, now investigating the matter, did not disclose how many officers were involved or how many shots were fired.
Middlesex County State's Attorney Peter McShane is overseeing the investigation.
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