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FAQ about the Bridgeport officer-involved shooting of Jayson Negron

Tara O'NeillMay 23, 2019

On May 9, 2017, 15-year-old Jayson Negron was fatally shot by Bridgeport Police Officer James Boulay on Fairfield Avenue.

More than two years later, family, friends and activists continue to protest what happened and gather in honor of Negron.

What happened on May 9, 2017?

Jayson Negron was driving a stolen 2012 Subaru Forester in Bridgeport accompanied by Julian Fyffe, then 21, when an undercover Bridgeport Police Gang Task Force Officer spotted the vehicle, according to Waterbury State’s Attorney Maureen Platt’s report.

Negron led the officers on a brief pursuit before turning the wrong way on Fairfield Avenue — a one-way road — near the Walgreens at 1000 Park Avenue.

Bridgeport Police Officer James Boulay was in a Bridgeport police cruiser that responded to the area after the task force officer called out the stolen vehicle. Boulay got out of the cruiser after Negron turned the wrong way on Fairfield Avenue.

Boulay pulled open the driver’s side door and reached into the vehicle, trying to pull Negron from the vehicle, the report said. Negron ended up putting the vehicle in reverse, hitting Boulay with the driver’s side door.

That’s when Boulay fired his department-issue gun, according to Platt’s report, fatally injuried Negron and wounding Fyffe.

“Officer James Boulay reasonably believed that the use of deadly force was necessary to defend himself from the use of deadly force — that being the Subaru operated by Jayson Negron,” the report from Platt said.

The report includes statements from Boulay, Fyffe, police officers on the scene and other witnesses. Platt, who oversaw the Connecticut State Police investigation into the fatal shooting, also included videos, photos, medical records and Negron’s autopsy results, which show he was shot four times.

Why did the Waterbury State’s Attorney investigate it?

In order to have a fair and thorough investigation. Platt was appointed to oversee the Connecticut State Police investigation into the fatal police-involved shooting. State police stepped in to investigate, as is protocol across Connecticut.

What happened to Boulay?

He was initially on administrative duty after the shooting before transitioning to paid leave to deal with what happened, Police Chief Armando Perez said at the time.

While Boulay was on leave, there were various threats against him and his family, state police confirmed after Platt’s report was released. Boulay has since returned to active duty.

Was Boulay criminally charged?

No.

The report from Platt cleared Boulay of any criminal wrongdoing, claiming that he was justified in pulling the trigger that day.

Did Bridgeport PD have an Internal Affairs investigation into Boulay’s actions?

Yes.

The purpose of this investigation compared with the State’s Attorney’s investigation is that the IA one is meant to figure out if Boulay violated any department policies or procedures.

Hearst Connecticut Media has twice requested the IA investigation into Boulay’s actions on May 9, 2017. The initial request was denied last summer, with the city attorney’s office claiming it was still an open investigation — several months after Platt’s report was released. A second request, submitted in early March, is still pending.

What happened to Fyffe?

Fyffe was the passenger in the vehicle being driven by Negron that day.

Initially, he disputed what police were saying in an interview with Hearst Connecticut Media. But when Platt’s report came out, Fyffe state was released and it appeared to support statements given to state police investigators by officers on scene that day.

He filed a lawsuit against the city on May 16, 2017. According to court documents, an order to withdraw the lawsuit was granted and the case was dismissed on Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017.

How often are there protests related to Negron’s death?

The exact number is unclear.

Family, friends and activists typically gather in Bridgeport on the anniversary of Negron’s death. They’ve gathered at various other points of the year — not just for Negron, for all people hurt or killed by police across Connecticut.

Many activists and family involved in protests in Bridgeport have also been vocal following police-involved shootings in New Haven (involving a Hamden police officer and a Yale officer) and Wethersfield.

What happened on May 9, 2019?

On the two-year anniversary of Negron’s death, family, friends and activists gathered for a protest and memorial.

Although the protest was initially peaceful, it turned hectic later in the evening and 11 protesters were arrested and charged. A Hearst Connecticut Media reporter covering the protest as it turned chaotic was handcuffed, taken to booking and nearly charged before being released without charges.

The 11 protesters — dubbed the “Bridgeport 11” — have July court dates.

Who’s covering this topic?

Tara O’Neill — This reporter can be reached at toneill@hearstmediact.com.

Daniel Tepfer — This reporter can be reached at dtepfer@ctpost.com

Brian Lockhart — This reporter can be reached at blockhart@scni.com

What else should I read to understand this story?

The State’s Attorney report that cleared Boulay

Not necessarily every story here is needed to comprehend what happened on May 9, 2017, and what has happened since. But for an idea of the scope of this fatal police-involved shooting, we’ve provided nearly every story written by Hearst Connecticut Media over the last two years related to it.

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