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HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)– The Tolland State’s Attorney’s Office has released body cam footage from Friday’s officer involved shooting in Hartford.
Detective Zack Sherry fired multiple rounds at 41-year-old Alphonso Zaporta on Friday night at the Intestate 84 on-ramp, next to the state capitol.
There were witnesses and body camera video from three officers.
Police say they initially tried to pull Zaporta over and he fled. When they caught up with him in traffic, his passenger surrendered but police say Zaporta became “engaged in a physical struggle with officers.”
Then they say that Zaporta got a hold of an officer’s gun. That’s when he was shot by Detective Sherry multiple times
Police say there was a loaded gun in the car that had been reported stolen from Springfield.
Zaporta’s last known address is in Windsor but he spent half of his life in prison for charges ranging from 1st degree assault, burglary, weapon and drug possession and larceny dating back to 1995 and 2007.
Officer Sherry is part of a joint task force that handles major crimes and a 14-year veteran of the department.
Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin, alongside Hartford Police and officials spoke at a press conference addressing the body cam footage released from the officer-involved shooting:
The Greater Hartford Branch of the NAACP released a statement Tuesday saying they’re “deeply disturbed by the edited body camera footage”. They are now calling for a meeting with city officials including the mayor and the interim police chief.
In response, the Mayor’s office said, “The Mayor and Interim Chief Thody have each spoken to the President of the Greater Hartford NAACP since the shooting occurred, and had already offered to meet. They welcome the opportunity to meet with the NAACP leadership.”
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