Arrest Made In Clinton Howell Murder

From Dan Tepfer, CT Post:

A teenager in custody in connection with an earlier assault at Central High School was charged Monday with the fatal shooting of 12-year-old Clinton Howell.

Tajay Chambers, 18, was charged with murder with special circumstances, carrying a pistol without a permit, second-degree larceny and risk of injury to a child.

Chambers is expected to be arraigned in Superior Court on Wednesday.

Police Chief Armando Perez confirmed the arrest and said that three juveniles were also going to be charged in connection with the case.

Full story here.



  1. My condolences to Clinton’s parents and love ones my God give you the strength to move forward and find peace and happiness in your lives after such a lost.

  2. Good job to the detectives and all the people who helped solve this case. What has been overlooked in this tragedy is why ? Why are kids so willing to shoot one another over trivial things? It’s their thinking and heart is what needs to be changed. Just look at the ages of those involved and the path they are on now.
    What went wrong in their lives at such an early age?

    The questions are a many , what are the answers and how do you prevent the next tragedy? Guns are out there and they are not going anywhere anytime soon. If the mindset of the youth can be changed so they stay away from guns there will not be anymore sceneless deaths.


    The brother of a teen who was arrested in connection with the murder of a 12-year-old has been arrested for allegedly shooting three people on Christmas Day.

    The unnamed juvenile was arrested on Tuesday, Dec. 25, after police responded to 915 North Avenue in Bridgeport or a report of shots fired, said Terron Jones, spokesman for the Bridgeport Police Department.

    1. BK – i saw that. incredible. I mean – what a run for that family. Not going to judge those parents – do not know their situation – but wow – 2 children arrested for shooting incidents. Does not compare to the family that had a child lose his life. But in a sense – their 2 children are in danger of losing a portion of their life due to incarceration. I know Ernie caught hell for his original reaction / suggestion. But where are all the other public officials on this? they need to come up out of their holes and start discussing solutions. A good start would be with feet on the ground and community policing. Sure they have Shot Spotter – but then it all becomes reactionary. Not asking for aggessive tactics, but more uniform visibility in public. in the school system and community – have to do more for these kids at younger age. we are losing some before the are even pre-teens (based on the recent arrests). There are some groups trying (CAV, etc) we need to promote them more. Just some ideas.

      1. This problem is nothing new in America and stop and frisk would not have solve this case.

        What would you do if drugs are being sold in front of your home or on your block, do you call the police? What happens if those arrested think that you are the one who called the police on them? There is no one problem and one answer for these type of killings and maybe somebody can tell us what city has the answer for these type of crimes.

        1. Let me clarify. Not asking for stop and frisk. Asking for police substations in neighborhoods. Community policing to me means walking a beat and having a real relationship with the residents. Presence to deter crime and relationships to have someone to talk to when something does happen. I’m not for overly aggressive tactics. Those create acrimony and resentment and abuse of power. You can’t stop all crime but you can’t give up either. And I completely understand the reluctance of people to witness. Cops are there briefly but the residents are there with the threat 24 hours.

          1. There are some points of agreement here. In the late 1990’s I was a Lieutenant in the fire dept. and we were leaving a three family home after finishing our mobile inspection the owner of the house stop me before going outside to talk to me. She told me that drugs were being sold in front of her house and from her second floor apartment she pointed out to me where he drug were being hidden in a trash can. She was afraid to call the police because she done that before and the police came but nothing happen but later that day when she came outside the guys selling the drugs confronted her and they accused her of calling the police on them, she told them that she didn’t know what they were talking about. The women was asking me what could she to those guys from selling drugs in front of her home.

            The police at times will park there big police post command unit on Stratford Ave and on Trumbull Ave but that does do anything but tell the drug dealers and the stickup guys to stay away from those streets. To many people of color including myself have seen overly aggressive tactics by the police and they have lost faith and trust with them. You make a good point, “Community policing to me means walking a beat and having a real relationship with the residents. Presence to deter crime and relationships to have someone to talk to when something does happen,” but if you can’t trust then you won’t tell what you know and seen because of fear.

          2. The problem is too many cooks. Every anti-crime proposal is going to generate a few objections. Some will make a big stink about the potential to violate civil rights. Others will say we put too many behind bars, we should stroke and comfort the defendants because they didn’t get enough quality time with Elmo as children.

            All of that is right and all of that is wrong. This is Bridgeport. The criminals here are as rude as everyone else. The baddest gang in town is the police department. They have to deal with scumbag drug pushers, pimps, prostitutes, gangbanging thugs and other human detritus. The uniforms see a bunch of young men loitering they are going to stop and ask questions.

  4. Every element of this event is tragic. Every single part is a sad story. It is a chain or link of events that we are all too familiar with from past times and,as of today,this tragedy has high odds of repeating again. There is no need to make light of it or to segue into other issues,especially personal. It is a sad time.

    1. Frank You are right. Perhaps I’m reading your post incorrectly. But I don’t see anyone making light of this at all. This is way too serious a situation that affects us all.

  5. Lifelong Bridgeport you are right where is the outrage over this? Two different families are forever linked by the tragedy of poor choices. On News 12 the latest shooting was over the theft of an iPhone. An accomplice with the shooter was also shot by accident. It’s all wrong no matter how you slice it. Reacting to a shooting does nothing. There needs to be a proactive approach that will work and not ruffle too many feathers.

    The desire to steal an Iphone, seemingly meaningless words over nothing and a gun add up to bad news. It’s this type of thinking that has to be changed but where do you start and how?

    Guns are readily available to anyone who wants one and there is no fear carrying one these days. The headlines lately are a testiment to this. Criminals are not going to cash in on a gun by back programs. Perhaps parents and care givers need to have a heart to heart talk with their kids. Search their rooms too there is no law against that. If their kids are bringing things in home that there may be a question where it came from, could help too.

    Maybe it’s time to revisit the current juvenile law and put it back where it was. Something has to be done but the changes can’t come fast enough to prevent the next shooting.

  6. Ron thanks for your insight and personal story. We basically agree on this. As for sub stations I should have made clear I meant active / permanent brick and mortar precincts. Not the buses and nothing temporary for show until everyone cools off. Thanks for the conversation and Happy New Year

  7. 1 arrested following triple shooting in Bridgeport
    BRIDGEPORT – A juvenile arrested in connection with a triple shooting in the city Tuesday is the brother of one of four people arrested Monday following an investigation into the murder of 12-year-old Clinton Howell, police said. Despite this, “the two shooting incidents do not appear to be related,” according to Capt. Brian Fitzgerald. In the shooting on Tuesday, Fitzgerald said, six shots were fired in the area of 915 North Ave. – the location of a gas stat…
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      A 16-year-old teen involved with the shooting death of 12-year-old Clinton Howell has been charged as an adult for his part in the incident.

      Alexander Bolanos, 16, of Bridgeport, was charged with criminal conspiracy to commit murder, said Terron Jones, spokesman for the Bridgeport Police.

      Howell was standing outside of his Willow Street home with two other people when he was shot during a drive-by on Tuesday, Dec. 18, police said. Police do not believe he was the intended target.

      Bolanos was transferred to adult court Wednesday where Tajay Chambers, 18, was also being arraigned as the suspected gunman. Two other juveniles, ages 12 and 14, have also been charged.

  8. Community policing was reintroduced in the early 90’s I think. You don’t hear too much about it so it may not exist. If it has gone away it’s time to bring it back. They tried the police pricinct thing between Gaudett and Ganim. That too was a dismal failure you don’t see the precinct open on Reservoir Avenue. What you will not see much is someone walking in a precinct in from of God and the world to report a crime. The “No Snitching” culture is so ingrained and not likely to go away anytime soon.

    They introduced the text-a-tip a few years ago does anyone know if anyone uses it? I think it was Dave Daniels who suggested it. Despite all the suggestions for more and better policing it is the behavior of people that needs to be changed.

    Based on the latest news stories from Bridgeport something has to be done to reach younger people. Wether it is better mental health services, peer mediation or an outlet for kids to vent their frustrations.

    Show kids that gangs, guns, drugs and violence is a dead end road with no future. You are going to end up in jail or on a tee shirt. Show them the only way out of poverty is a good education or a trade. Introduce kids to people who are in a trade just to expose kids to something else besides the street.

    Without some real social changes people are going be outraged by the next needless shooting or death and the next one.

  9. “Show kids that gangs, guns, drugs and violence is a dead end road with no future. You are going to end up in jail or on a tee shirt. Show them the only way out of poverty is a good education or a trade. Introduce kids to people who are in a trade just to expose kids to something else besides the street,” really? You have protection by joining a gang, they protection by carrying a gun, those with money, cars, jewelry, girls comes much faster by committing crimes than working for minimum wage at McDonald’s. What job opportunity does high school graduates have to look forward in Bridgeport?

  10. Lislake are you saying that the actions of a few young Bridgeport teens now define all the teens of Bridgeport, because that’s what I’m hearing. The actions of those that shoot and kill doesn’t anymore define the youth of Bridgeport than Adam Lanza or any other school shooter define white males. Go look in the mirror because your bigotry is showing and you might want to wipe that off your face.

  11. My comments are to show the other side of what some of the problems are and that’s there’s no one answer. What I’ve posted are real issues and it’s an problem for all races but it becomes more if a issue when the focus is on blacks Hispanics. Society in America has never made these types of social issues a real priority, instead we just blame the child, the parents, the schools. Stop and frisk, curfews, gun sell back and other so call efforts have done nothing.

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