Community rallies for peace after police-involved shooting

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Residents rallied Wednesday, calling for justice for the teen victim. Residents rallied Wednesday, calling for justice for the teen victim.
BRIDGEPORT -

Community leaders stood side by side with the Bridgeport police chief and Mayor Joseph Ganim Wednesday as they promised full transparency following a fatal officer-involved shooting in the Park City.

The shooting took place around 5 p.m. Tuesday on Fairfield Avenue.

As News 12 reported, the driver of a reportedly stolen vehicle refused to stop when officers attempted to pull it over. A brief chase then ensued until police boxed in the car on Fairfield Avenue. 

Police say that as two officers approached the car, the driver put the vehicle in reverse, hitting one officer and forcing action from the other. The driver of the car, 16-year-old Jayson Negron, died at the scene.

His passenger, 21-year-old Julian Fyffe, is expected to make a full recovery.

Residents rallied Wednesday, calling for justice for the teen victim.

Charlene Gray, of Powerful Praying Outstanding Woman, says the violence needs to stop.

"It's people killing people," she says. "Whether it's cops killing kids, kids killing cops, kids killing each other. It's people killing people."

Residents say they are hoping the city and police will hear their message and that all parties can work together to make Bridgeport a better place.

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