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Bridgeport Police Officer Shoots Man

Bridgeport Police Department
Bridgeport Police Department
An interim police chief at Bridgport Police Headquarters is overseeing the police shooting after the FBI arrested former chief Armando Perez.

A Bridgeport, Connecticut police officer shot a man who allegedly was in a physical altercation with another person this week.

Acting Police Chief, Rebeca Garcia, identified the man as Juan Villa. She said he was, “making stabbing motions toward the victim.”

Garcia said it was then that officer Eliud Henry intervened: “They utilized a taser to try to interrupt the assault that was occurring, which was not effective, therefore he was shot one time. The suspect was shot one time by the officer in an attempt to stop the violent attack against the victim.”

Garcia said Villa’s gunshot wound was not life-threatening.

Villa was in serious condition at the hospital Wednesday. He has not been charged.

Connecticut state police will investigate officer Henry's use of force.