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Bridgeport PD: Juveniles arrested after pursuit that followed carjacking, shots fired

January 26, 2019

BRIDGEPORT — Three juveniles were taken into custody Friday night after a pursuit following a carjacking and shots fired in the city, Police Chief Armando Perez said.

The incident began at the CVS Pharmacy store at 3710 Main St. Perez said three juvenile males approached a BMW in the parking lot and started up a conversation with a male and female in the car.

Perez said the male and female got out of the car and two of the juveniles jumped into the vehicle. The third juvenile pulled out a gun and fired at the male and female before getting into the car and driving off, Perez said. No one was hit by any of the bullets.

An anti-crime police unit saw the car double parked on Washington Terrace later that evening, around 9:30 p.m.

“The anti-crime unit tried to get the driver to pull over, but he took off,” Perez said, adding that the driver got onto the highway and Bridgeport police pursued the vehicle.

The Bridgeport unit lost site of the car when the driver got off the Lordship Boulevard exit in Stratford off Interstate 95. At this point, Perez said, Connecticut State Police and Stratford police were notified of the pursuit.

A pursuit continued throughout Stratford, reports indicated in the area of the airport, until the car bottomed out and became disabled, Perez said.

“All three bailed out of the car, but they were apprehended relatively quickly,” the chief said. “It was a joint effort by Stratford, Bridgeport and state police.”

The driver is a juvenile known to Bridgeport police, Perez said, adding that he had a “very, very poor attitude” when he was taken into custody.

Perez said police canvassed for the gun, which they believed was tossed out of the vehicle at some point during the pursuit, but were unable to locate it after a thorough search.

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