BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (WTNH) — One person is dead and three others are injured following a police involved shooting in Bridgeport.
What started out as a car chase, ended in violence on Fairfield Avenue in Bridgeport Tuesday afternoon.
Bridgeport Police set out around 5 p.m. following a report of a stolen Honda. Officers pursued what they believed to be the stolen vehicle on Park Avenue, turning into the Walgreens parking lot. Police say the driver then struck a Subaru, and rolled onto Fairfield Avenue facing the wrong direction.
When officers tried to approach the car, the suspect reversed and drove into a group of officers, hitting and injuring at least one officer. That’s when another officer fired several shots, killing the driver and wounding the passenger.
Two officers who suffered minor injuries were taken to St. Vincent’s Medical Center, while the wounded passenger was treated for non-life threatening injuries at Bridgeport Hospital.
The names of the officers have not yet been released. The passenger was identified as 21-year-old Julian Fyffe, of Bridgeport.
The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with any information, or who may have witnessed any part of the incident is asked text TIP711 and any information to 274637.
On Wednesday, David McGuire, Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut issued the following statement:
This week, we saw Officer Roy Oliver charged with murder in Texas after he fired a single shot into the head of a 15-year-old boy while he was riding in a car. In March, Bridgeport Police shot an 18-year-old boy, who was armed only with a toy gun, in the face. That same month, Waterbury Police shot and seriously injured an 18-year-old boy who was driving a car. Now, a person is dead after a Bridgeport Police officer shot him while he was driving a car, and another young person is injured. What little information is available raises serious questions about whether Bridgeport police should even have chased this car under state law.
Police have killed another person in Connecticut, and another community is struggling to receive answers about what happened. How many people have to die or be seriously injured at the hands of law enforcement before Connecticut strengthens its laws to hold police accountable to the communities they are supposed to serve?
The Bridgeport community deserves a swift, thorough, and transparent account of what happened and an equally comprehensive and independent investigation. None of the answers provided by that investigation will bring back the life lost last night, but our state must find a solution to prevent this from happening again. This deadly incident, like far too many others in Connecticut’s recent past, shows the need for immediate action to ensure fair, just, and wise policing in our state. We urge the legislature, prosecutors, and police to build community trust and prevent further tragedies by coming together to support meaningful police reform before this year’s legislative session ends.”