Police: ‘jealous’ man shot twice at ex-girlfriend

Luis Rivera (Police photo)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — A New Haven man is accused of shooting twice at his ex-girlfriend in a July 25 incident. No one was injured.

Luis Rivera, 27, was charged on July 31 with two counts of criminal attempt to commit first-degree assault, carrying a pistol without a permit, criminal possession of a pistol and violation of a restraining order.

Police received a report of gunfire on Chapel Street during a motor vehicle stop at Grand Avenue and Blatchley Avenue. “The officers excused the motorist and headed to the reported area. They’d later learn that the car’s driver, Luis Rivera, was the shooting suspect,” police said.

“Witnesses told the officers they’d seen two cars involved it the gunfire incident. One was a grey Nissan Altima and the other, a grey Nissan Sentra. They found and collected a spent bullet casing from the scene,” police said. “Some time later, officers found a Sentra at the Bella Vista apartments on Eastern Street. It had significant damage that matched reports it had hit a Saturn on Blatchley Avenue. The car was occupied by a 23-year-old New Haven woman. Her passenger was her current boyfriend. She told the officers she crashed into the Saturn while trying to flee from her ‘extremely jealous’ ex-boyfriend.”

She reported that Rivera had spotted her near River and Lloyd streets and shot at them, before chasing them and shooting at them again on Saltonstall Avenue.

His is free on $300,000 bond for an Aug. 19 appearance in New Haven Superior Court.

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