State police responding to what was reported as an accident on the northbound side of Route 8 involving a UPS truck on Tuesday night found the truck's driver had been the victim of a serious assault.
The driver was taken to the hospital, where he later died, according to police. Police later identified the victim as Nathan D. Burk, 28, of Waterbury and confirmed he was a UPS employee.
The incident happened near Exit 37 on Route 8 North around 10:30 p.m. on Tuesday.
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Police named the victim's co-worker, 19-year-old Elijah David Bertrand, as a suspect in the homicide. They took Bertrand into custody on Wednesday afternoon.
Police said Bertrand was detained in Plymouth at approximately 2 p.m. on Wednesday. He was taken to Troop L where he cooperated with detectives, officials said.
Bertrand and the victim were riding in the same truck when the assault occurred and a weapon was found at the scene, police said.
Officials said Bertrand faces murder charges. He was held on a $2 million cash bond and will appear in court on Thursday at 10 a.m.
UPS released a statement on Wednesday morning:
"We are deeply saddened by the loss of our colleague, and are cooperating with the investigation," said Matthew O'Connor, a spokesperson for UPS.