State’s Attorney: Deadly force used in Wethersfield officer-involved shooting was justified


WETHERSFIELD, Conn. (WTNH) — After a several-month investigation, the State’s Attorney has concluded that the deadly force used on Connecticut teen Anthony Vega Cruz during a car pursuit was justified.

On April 20, 2019, police used deadly force on 18-year-old Vega Cruz after a brief pursuit on Silas Deane Highway in Wethersfield.

Investigators say Vega-Cruz was already stopped when he was pulled over but had fled. During the chase, police crashed one of their cruisers into Vega-Cruz’s car in an attempt to stop him. Police say Officer Layau Eulizier discharged his firearm during the chase because he believed Vega-Cruz’s car would have fatally ran him over.

Vega-Cruz’ girlfriend was in the car at the time of the incident.

Officer Eulizier’s use of deadly force sparked several protests and demonstrations in support of Vega-Cruz during the spring and summer.

Read the full report from the State’s Attorney below:

News 8 will update this story as more information comes in.

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