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State Police Take Over Probe Of Fatal Shooting By Bridgeport Officer

State Police are investigating a fatal shooting involving a Bridgeport police officer late Tuesday afternoon.
State Police are investigating a fatal shooting involving a Bridgeport police officer late Tuesday afternoon. Photo Credit: File

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — State police are leading the investigation into an officer-involved shooting in Bridgeport that left one person dead and a second person injured late Tuesday afternoon.

The identity of the person killed has not been released pending positive identification, state police said Wednesday morning. The injured person has been identified as Julian Fyffe, 21, of Bridgeport.

The shooting occurred at about 5 p.m. Tuesday May 9, as Bridgeport Police Officers were attempting to stop a stolen motor vehicle on Park Avenue, state police said.

The driver of the stolen vehicle refused to stop, and engaged officers in a brief pursuit, with the stolen car traveling the wrong way on Fairfield Avenue in the area of the Walgreens drug store in downtown Bridgeport, state police said.

While traveling the wrong way, the stolen vehicle struck several other cars along Fairfield Avenue, state police said. Once the stolen vehicle came to a stop, Bridgeport police officers approached it in an attempt to apprehend the driver, state police said.

But the driver then accelerated in reverse and struck at least one Bridgeport police officer, state police said.

As a result, a second Bridgeport police officer then fired at least one round from their duty weapon, striking both the driver and front seat passenger, state police said.

The driver was pronounced dead at the scene. The passenger was transported to Bridgeport Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries, state police said.

Two Bridgeport Police Officers were transported to St. Vincent’s Hospital with minor injuries.

At the request of the chief state’s attorney’s office, detectives from Western District Major Crime responded to the scene and took control of the investigation.

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner also responded to the scene and will conduct an autopsy to determine cause and manner of death of the driver.

The identities of the Bridgeport Police Officers involved were being withheld at this time, state police said.

Anyone with any information or who may have witnessed any part of the incident is asked text TIP711 and any information to 274637 to state police. All texts will remain confidential.

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