Leaders appeal for calm after Connecticut officer kills teen

Robert Bowens

Robert Bowens

State police investigators say Bridgeport officers fired into a stolen auto Tuesday evening after the driver crashed into an officer. According to the Connecticut Post, officers pursued what they believed to be the stolen vehicle on Park Avenue, turning into the Walgreens parking lot.

Perez said city officers stopped a stolen auto Tuesday afternoon after a pursuit in which the auto struck several other vehicles. That's when an officer fired several shots, killing the driver and wounding the passenger.

Perez said Boulay has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of a Connecticut State Police investigation.

By Wednesday afternoon, authorities had not released the names of the teenager who was killed or the officer who shot him. Officials say when officers approached the vehicle, the driver sped up in reverse and struck at least one officer.

Three officers who suffered serious injuries were taken to St. Vincent's Medical Center, while the wounded passenger was treated for non-life threatening injuries at Bridgeport Hospital. A passenger, identified as 21-year-old Julian Fyffe, of Bridgeport, was injured. That officer opened fire, the chief said.

At about 10:45 p.m., state police spokesman Eric Haglund declined to answer questions and said updates would be provided when they are available.

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