State Police have identified the two Wethersfield officers that were at the scene of the officer-involved shooting that left 18-year-old Anthony Jose Vega Cruz with fatal injuries on April 20.
Police identify Officer Layau Eulizier as the officer that discharged his firearm at the incident. Eulizier was hired in August 2018.
Officer Peter Salvatore, a 5-year veteran of the force, was also at the scene, but did not discharge his firearm.
Neither have any disiplinary history.
Officer Eliziel is a Wethersfield native, went to Central then joined the Air Force. He joined the police force just last August.
On Saturday, he and officer Peter Salvatore tried to pull over 18 year-old Anthony Jose Vega Cruz because the plates on his car did not match the type of car he was driving. There was a collision, in which Cruz’s car hit a police car. Officer Eliziel got out of his car. That’s when police say Cruz aimed his car at Eliziel.
Police are trained to consider a car a deadly weapon, just like a gun. Officer Eliziel fired at Cruz, putting two bullet holes in the windshield. Cruz died of his injuries Monday night, the same night friends and family held a protest at police headquarters.
Those protestors demanded to see body camera video from officers that night. They were told there was no body camera video. They demanded an apology from the chief, who did come out of the building and say he was sorry for their loss. Neither officer has any disciplinary history with the department.
The NAACP is calling for federal law enforcement to investigate the shooting. They also want any dash camera video released to the public.