Bridgeport police make arrest in shootout that injured 8-year-old boy

Jayden Robertson faces charges of first-degree assault with a firearm, carrying a pistol without a permit.

Marissa Alter

Oct 17, 2023, 10:11 PM

Updated 217 days ago


A 23-year-old man from Bridgeport was charged Tuesday in a shootout from over the summer where a stray bullet hit an 8-year-old boy.
Jayden Robertson faces charges of first-degree assault with a firearm, carrying a pistol without a permit, illegal discharge of a firearm and risk of injury to a child for his alleged actions on July 23. The incident caused a large outcry from the community.
"Obviously when an 8-year-old child is a victim, it draws special attention—not only from the police department but from the public in general," Detective Jeffrey Holtz said.
It happened during a "gun battle" on Orchard and Spring streets around 11 p.m., during which police said at least 20 shots were fired.
They told News 12 the child was an innocent bystander who's from New York state and was visiting family in the area with his mom. They were walking back to a relative's house after going to a nearby store when he was shot in the ear, according to Holtz.
"It was minor in medical terms, but this is an 8-year-old who was struck by a bullet, so besides the physical part of it, you also have the mental trauma that goes along with an incident like this," Holtz said. He stated the police investigation led them to Robertson, who they determined fired the shot that hit the child.
"We did have some help from the public. We did have video surveillance that we tapped into," explained Holtz.
Robertson has been in jail since last week when he was picked up in a separate narcotics investigation, police said. On Tuesday, he was brought to Bridgeport Superior Court where he was served the new arrest warrant and arraigned in the case.
Holtz said the shootout was due to a "feud" between multiple people and that more arrests are coming.
"There are still suspects that are outstanding. This is a continuing investigation, and we're urging anybody who has additional information on this case to contact us," Holtz explained.
Robertson has additional pending cases besides the narcotics allegations. Court records show he’s also charged with violation of a protective order, third-degree assault, disorderly conduct, third-degree criminal mischief, and resisting arrest.  
Police said to reach out to Detective Keith Hanson at 203-581-5243.

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