Bridgeport murder suspect attacks marshals before arraignment

A Bridgeport murder suspect attacked several guards as they escorted him into a court appearance Thursday afternoon.



The suspect, Richard Lopez, attacked them when they pulled the hood of his sweatshirt down.



It took four guards to subdue him.



The U.S. Marshals Service had arrested Lopez at his mother's apartment earlier in the day.



He is accused of shooting and killing Noel Esbri just 10 days before Christmas.



Police say Esbri was a cocaine supplier, and that Lopez attacked Esbri to steal his drugs. Lopez allegedly lured the victim to a Palisade Avenue apartment and ambushed him, according to court documents.



Police say Lopez escaped with 150 grams of cocaine and stopped at a fried chicken restaurant.



An arrest warrant says two other men were with Lopez during the killing, along with a getaway driver outside. They say more suspects may be charged in the future. 



News 12 was in the courtroom at the time of the outburst, but judicial rules prevent sharing the video.



None of the guards were seriously hurt in the courtroom attack, but two received minor injuries.


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