Body camera footage released in fatal officer-involving shooting in Ansonia

Investigators say the driver, Jonathan Bell, ignored officers and lead them on a chase that ended when he crashed into a home on Division Street.

Rose Shannon

Feb 9, 2024, 5:31 PM

Updated 98 days ago

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The Office of the Inspector General released a preliminary reporting, including body camera footage, on Friday of Sunday's fatal shooting of a suspect by Bridgeport police officers in Ansonia.
As News 12 has reported, officers were conducting a drug investigation on Oak Street when they attempted to pull over a vehicle.
Investigators say the driver, Jonathan Bell, ignored officers and lead them on a chase that ended when he crashed into a home on Division Street.
A female was also in the vehicle.
After Bell crashed, officers say he reached for an object just before they opened fire.
The report does not say what object Bell reached for or if anything was recovered from the vehicle.
Click here to view the report and body camera videos. Please note the videos may be graphic for some viewers.
Bridgeport officials say per department protocol, the officers involved in the shooting will be assigned out of the chief's office on modified duty until the determination has been made by the Office of the Inspector General.
"Regardless of any circumstances, this loss of life is tragic. Our sincerest condolences go out to the family of the deceased," says Bridgeport Police Chief Roderick Porter.
"I express my heartfelt condolences to the family and friends for their loss. This incident has been turned over to the Office of the Inspector General, and I am confident that there will be a thorough, transparent, and impartial investigation," says Mayor Joe Ganim.


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