State troopers assist Bridgeport after a violent week
BRIDGEPORT — After a week that saw three homicides and a number of other shootings in the city, the State Police is increasing its presence in the city, a spokesperson told Fox 61 News on Sunday.
Brian Foley, assistant to Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection Commissioner James Rovella, said Bridgeport Police Chief Armando Perez had asked Rovella to send troopers into the city. Foley said the goals of troopers were limited to quelling violence.
“We’re not coming in there as some sort of occupying military force,” Foley told Fox 61. “It’s two troopers on a foot beat, and they’re not there to make arrests.”
Foley said the troopers were there for visibilty, saving lives and making the city a safer place. He said the troopers working in the city would not even be there for a full shift.
“Troop G is in Bridgeport,” Foley told Fox 61. “It’s literally on the streets of Bridgeport and that’s where these troopers are going to come out of.”
The patrols started on Sunday. In a clip posted to Twitter by Fox 61 reporter Angelo Bavaro, Foley did not indicate when they would end.
Early last week, police responded to multiple shootings spanning from Monday afternoon into Tuesday morning that resulted in two deaths and a handful of injuries.
The city’s seventh homicide took place in the area of Fairfield Avenue and Albion Street shortly after 6 p.m. Monday. Police identified the victim as 18-year-old Eugene Stinson.
The eighth homicide in Bridgeport this year killed 52-year-old Wayne Wollcock on William Street around 10:45 p.m. Monday, police said.
Thursday night saw a quadruple shooting that resulted in the death of 21-year-old Tyler Ballew, who was released from prison just two weeks prior.