Bridgeport PD: Robbery suspect shot self in leg

A Bridgeport man robbed a grocery store, attacked a pursuing police officer and managed to shoot himself in the leg Monday night, police say.



Police say 31-year-old Steven Nieves allegedly forced a clerk at Mike's Supermarket on Capitol Avenue to give him money from the register around 9 p.m.



They say an officer caught up with him after he ran from the store with cash, and the two got in a fight.



Officials say Nieves reached for a small handgun in his back pocket after assaulting the officer but shot himself in doing so. He and the officer were both treated for minor injuries and released from the hospital.



He was rolled into the courtroom in a wheelchair for his arraignment Tuesday.



Police say Nieves has 10 arrests in about 10 years for larceny and drug possession, among others charges.


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