Norwalk police: Officer recovering from Oyster Festival assault, one suspect still at large
Norwalk police say one of their male officers, who they chose not to identify, is recovering from an aggressive assault by two male suspects.
After Norwalk police broke up two fights near the Kids Cove at the Norwalk Oyster Festival Saturday night, police say one man jumped on a police officer, while another man punched the officer in the head.
Police say 31-year-old Ezekial Syphrette was taken into custody. The second suspect ran away.
"It's concerning that an adult person would one, just attack a police officer for no reason, and two, do it around other children," said Norwalk police Lt. Joseph Dinho.
Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling released a statement saying, "It's unconscionable that this happened in our community at the Oyster Festival, which is a long-standing community event in Norwalk that brings people together."
Mike Reilly, president of the Norwalk Seaport Association, told News 12 Connecticut, "The safety of our guests is of the utmost importance to us, and we are cooperating fully with authorities. "
Police say while the injured officer was taking Syphrette to the ground, the officer's head hit an entry gate. The officer was taken to Norwalk Hospital.
"He had some head injuries and fracture to his arm. But he was discharged that night and is at home resting and is expected to make a full recovery and return to work," said Dinho.
Norwalk police say they are getting a lot of support from the community for the injured officer.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Norwalk police at 203-854-3000.
Police say Syphrette posted a $100,000 bond and is scheduled to be arraigned Monday.