Bridgeport police spokesman Bill Kaempffer announced Friday morning that “Per policy, the State Police is handling the investigation into last night’s police-involved shooting, so please refer questions to Lt. Vance. After the shooting, the department immediately contacted the State Police and State’s Attorney’s office.” Kaempffer says Michael Stinson was charged Thursday night with criminal attempt, first-degree assault, third-degree burglary and interfering with police.
Statement from Police Chief Joe Gaudett:
“Based on the information before us, Thursday’s police involved shooting appears to be completely justified. These officers followed their training and showed great restraint. They fired their service weapons as a last resort after the armed suspect lunged at them even after officers attempted to subdue him with a department Taser and pepper spray. The officers are understandably shaken up. They have my support and the support of this department.”
Around 9 p.m. Thursday police were called by University of Bridgeport about a man with knife. When police arrived the man engaged police on a foot pursuit down Atlantic Street. The man ran into an apartment complex at 557 Street where a stand off occurred. The man attacked police with the knife and police tased him three times, the man still did not drop the knife and lunged at police when officers shot him according to our sources. The suspect is alive and at the hospital, the extent of his injuries are not known at this time.