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Police: Man shot daring gunman

July 10, 2018

BRIDGEPORT - Aushon Carr told police that Tavon Cooper fired off several rounds in the PT Barnum housing complex and dared someone to shoot him back.

So Carr shot him, police said.

The 22-year-old Carr, of Stephens Road, was charged Tuesday with attempted first-degree assault, illegally firing a firearm, first-degree reckless endangerment and interfering with police. But in the meantime, police said the 34-year-old Cooper died from a gunshot wound to the head and Carr’s charges are expected to be updated.

Carr was being held in lieu of $500,000 bond.

Police said on June 21, officers discovered Cooper’s body slumped in the passenger seat of a white Monte Carlo sedan in the West Side housing project. Cooper later died at Bridgeport Hospital from a gunshot wound to his head.

Police said they subsequently retrieved video from the area that showed Carr firing at the Monte Carlo in the housing project. When he was later picked up, police said Carr had a .40-caliber handgun.

They said Carr gave a video-recorded statement in which he admitted shooting at Cooper. He contended that Cooper had been firing in the air and yelling at people, “Who gonna shoot back at me?” police said.

Police said Carr told them he fired approximately six times at the Monte Carlo with a friend’s 9mm handgun.

“Carr states that Cooper never fired at him, nor pointed the handgun toward his direction,” police said.

Police said the wrinkle in the case is that witnesses claim some other as yet unidentified man had shot at Cooper before Carr did.

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