BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (WTNH) — Connecticut State Police are investigating an officer-involved shooting after a Bridgeport police officer allegedly shot a man to try to stop him from stabbing another man early Wednesday morning.
Acting Police Chief Rebeca Garcia and CT State Trooper Dorelus provided details on the police shooting at a press conference on Congress Street.
Police say that at around 1:15 a.m., Officer Eliud Henry and Officer Sean Curran responded to 315 Clinton Avenue, where upon arrival they witnessed the suspect, 27-year-old Juan Villa, actively stabbing a male victim with a knife.
According to police, Villa didn’t respond to the officers’ directives to stop so officers then used a non-lethal taser on Villa to interrupt that assault.
However, police say Villa did not stop the attack, so Officer Henry shot Villa one time in an attempt to save the victim.
Villa was then rendered aid on site by medics before he was transported to St. Vincent’s Medical Center where he underwent surgery.
Both Villa and the unidentified stabbing victim remain hospitalized with their conditions stabilized.
Officer Henry and Officer Curran are now on administrative status.
Connecticut State Police are overseeing the investigation and body cam footage is expected to be released.