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State, local leaders urge calm in wake of Bridgeport deadly officer-involved shooting

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State, local leaders urge calm in wake of Bridgeport deadly officer-involved shooting State, local leaders urge calm in wake of Bridgeport deadly officer-involved shooting
BRIDGEPORT -

State and local leaders are urging calm in the wake of an officer-involved shooting in Bridgeport that killed a teen and left another man in the hospital.

The shooting has sparked outrage in the community, with family, friends, protesters and activists all coming together more than once to get their voices heard.

According to State police, the shooting happened Tuesday evening after Bridgeport Police officers tried to pull over the teen in a stolen vehicle.

State police say the driver refused to stop, leading police on a brief chase until they boxed him in on Fairfield Avenue.

As two officers approached the car, the driver put the car in reverse, hitting one officer. Police say another officer then fired his gun, hitting both the driver and passenger.

The driver has been identified by relatives as 15-year-old Jayson Negron. He died at the scene. Negron’s passenger, Julian Fyffe, 21, is expected to make a full recovery.

Fairfield Avenue was filled with dozens of people mourning the loss of Negron last night. A number of people also came out demanding change in the hopes that their community would become a safer place. Charlene Gray with Powerful Praying Outstanding Woman was one of the people who came out to the peaceful rally. Gray says her son was killed in a shooting 26 years ago, and she feels for Negron's family. She says the violence needs to stop.

“It’s' people killing people,” says Gray. “Whether it's cops killing kids, kids killing cops, kids killing each other, its people killing people.”

State police have since taken over the investigation.

Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim and Police Chief AJ Perez are urging for transparency in the case. Perez says as far as he knows, his officers followed the law and policy.

Police have not released the name of the officer involved, but he's been placed on leave which is standard protocol.

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