Man shot by police is charged in alleged stabbing
BRIDGEPORT — Police have charged a local man who was shot by an officer during a confrontation early Wednesday.
Juan Villa, 27, of uncertain address, was charged with attempted murder, first-degree assault, fourth-degree criminal mischief and disorderly conduct.
Villa, who was shot in the upper right side by Officer Eliud Henry, was listed in good condition at St. Vincent’s Medical Center.
Villa is accused of allegedly stabbing a local man before being interrupted by Henry and Officer Sean Curran.
Police Capt. Brian Fitzgerald said the victim was stabbed once in the neck and had facial lacerations. He was expected to be discharged from the hospital on Thursday.
Acting Police Chief Rebeca Garcia said police responded to the 300 block of Clinton Avenue around 1:10 a.m. Wednesday.
Upon arrival, officers found the alleged suspect — identified as Villa — “making stabbing motions toward the victim,” Garcia said.
The officers deployed a Taser to “interrupt the assault,” Garcia said, but it didn’t work. She said that’s when Henry, who joined the force in 2011, shot the suspect once.
“The suspect was shot one time by the officer in an attempt to stop the violent attack against the victim,” Garcia said.
Curran, who joined the department in 2016, did not fire his weapon.
Once the victim was removed from the situation, the officers turned to the suspect, “who then became combative with the officer,” Garcia said. Medics took Villa to the hospital, where he underwent surgery.