Police Chief AJ Perez statement following the death Monday morning of Officer Thomas Lattanzio, a veteran of the department for 17 years. Police are investigating this as a suicide.
“This is a very sad day for the Bridgeport Police Department. Our family has lost a brother officer. Officer Thomas Lattanzio had dedicated nearly 20 years of his life serving our residents and our city, and we mourn his loss. We will have more to say about the circumstances surrounding Officer Lattanzio’s passing in the future. For today, we pray for his family and we are comforting each other. Policing is a tough job, and we have hundreds of committed officers who put their lives on the line to protect each of us, every day. As always we will rely on each other and our community for support, for which we are grateful. I ask that the public keep the brave men and women of the Bridgeport Police Department in your prayers during this difficult time.”
Lattanzio had been involved in a number of job-related controversies including recent removal of duty involving excessive force clashes with dozens of people, causing Perez to declare “We have to be able to interact with the public better.”
He had been accused of excessive force in other court cases.