STAMFORD, Conn. (WTNH) – Stamford police are currently investigating following an officer-involved shooting.
According to authorities, Patrol Officer Steven Estabrook was on a routine patrol around 9:00 Thursday evening when he noticed a vehicle stopped on Grove Street just south of Forest Street with its hazard lights on. Estabrook noticed that the driver was passed out and as he approached the vehicle, the driver became conscious. Estabrook asked for the driver’s ID and car papers identified the driver as 29-year-old Elias Garcia-Ramierez.
Police say that at the point of requesting papers, “a handgun was presented to the situation” and Estabrook retreated from Garcia-Ramierez’s vehicle and several rounds were fired.
Garcia-Ramierez was removed from his vehicle and the scene was secured. Other officers assessed Garcia-Ramierez’s condition and found that he did not suffer any injuries. Officers retrieved a realistic-looking facsimile firearm and a partially emptied bottle of whiskey.
Garcia-Ramierez was taken to Stamford Police Headquarters where he failed field sobriety tests. He has been charged with DUI, other motor vehicle charges, interfering with police, and possession of a facsimile firearm. A $100,000 bond has been set and he will be arraigned Friday at Stamford Superior Court.
Estabrook has been placed on modified duty during the course of the investigation.