NORWALK, Conn. (WTNH)–Police have identified the man who wielded a knife on a bus on I-95 in Norwalk before being shot and killed by police. Ye Hua Jian, 34, of Chinatown in New York City was shot and killed by state trooper Marc O’Mara, after he came after O’Mara following a fight on the bus.
It was certainly a frightening ordeal for the 25 people who were on a tour bus from Chinatown in New York City to one of the casinos here in Connecticut.
Police say a fight started on the casino-bound bus. Hua Jian attacked two passengers with a weapon, believed to be a knife.
The trip came to end near the exit 14 on-ramp along I-95. Now police are trying to figure out how it all happened.
“All you heard was sirens and you had red flashing lights everywhere,” said Harold Cobin.
Cobin lives in Norwalk and came upon the scene just minutes after it happened, right around 10 p.m. Tuesday night. The driver of the bus pulled up to a construction site by exit 14 and got the help of a nearby state trooper, Marc O’Mara.
“As he was approaching the bus, the suspect and a civilian aboard the bus were engaged in physical combat, rolled off the bus and rolled onto the pavement of the highway,” said state police Lt. J. Paul Vance.
State police say the suspect was ordered to drop his weapon. That’s when he went after O’Mara, and the O’Mara shot the suspect.
“There was a man on his back on the pavement with his knees up and not moving, and there were several troopers walking around him,” said Cobin. “I took that to be the perpetrator.”
The suspect later died at the hospital. Three other people were treated for their injuries and are expected top be ok.
The incident shut down a portion of the highway for several hours. It reopened right before the morning commute.
The matter is now under investigation, but police credit the quick actions of the bus driver for possibly saving the lives of those on-board.
“The bus driver did an extraordinary job locating help and getting help to stop the agression,” said Vance.
The passenger who was involved in the fight outside the bus with the suspect was also shot by a flying bullet. Again, he is expected to be ok.
The identity of the suspect has not been released. Trooper O’Mara will be placed on administrative duty while the incident is under investigation.