'Who wouldn't be scared?' - Bridgeport man says he was shot by police officer unprovoked

A Bridgeport man says he was shot by a police officer for no apparent reason Tuesday evening as he was leaving a memorial held in honor of his cousin - who was fatally shot that morning.

News 12 Staff

Jun 17, 2021, 12:01 AM

Updated 1,071 days ago

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A Bridgeport man says he was shot by a police officer for no apparent reason Tuesday evening as he was leaving a memorial held in honor of his cousin - who was fatally shot that morning.
Dennis Waiters, 31, says he saw an unmarked vehicle, without sirens or lights, speed up in front of his vehicle. He says seeing the unmarked vehicle prompted him to put his own in reverse, and that's when he says police started shooting at his car - later ripping him out and putting him on the ground.
Waiters suffered from gunshot wounds to his leg, along with other injuries. A passenger was also in the car with him.
Bridgeport police say the incident happened just after 10 p.m. on the corner of Main and Catherine streets, but would not confirm the timeline of further details of the incident.
Waiters was released from the hospital Wednesday morning and faces no charges. He says he still doesn't know why his vehicle was targeted and wants answers.
The Bridgeport police officer involved in the shooting was assigned to the federal Safe Streets Task Force. The Connecticut State Police Eastern District Major Crimes Squad is investigating.
Waiters tells News 12 he hasn't heard from police. Bridgeport police referred all questions to state police and the Stamford State's Attorney when asked about a timeline of the incident.
The NAACP of Greater Bridgeport released a statement saying, "demanding once again, that all Bridgeport police officers be equipped with body cams. weapons in the hands of police officers not wearing camera equipment leave the community guessing and wondering what took place."


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