BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — The 15-year-old boy who was shot by a Bridgeport officer Tuesday afternoon died from gunshot wounds to the chest, the Office of the state's Chief State Medical Examiner said Thursday.
Jayson Negron was shot by a police officer after slamming a vehicle into the officer during a stolen car case, police said. The officer has not yet been identified by police.
Negron died as a result of gunshot wounds to the torso and upper extremities with injury of the lungs, pulmonary trunk and right pulmonary artery, a spokesman said. The death was a homicide.
Police Chief AJ Perez said the case began when undercover units on Park Avenue noticed the stolen vehicle and called for backup. They got behind the car as it pulled the wrong way onto one-way Fairfield Avenue and into the Walgreens lot, striking several vehicles, State Police said.
The car then sped onto Fairfield Avenue, Perez said.
Police boxed in the car and two officers got out to try to get the vehicle’s driver and passenger out, he said.
As the officers approached the car, the driver accelerated in reverse and struck at least one Bridgeport police officer, State Police said.
In the scuffle, one officer was nearly pulled under the vehicle, Perez said.
Fearing for his or her life, one of the officers fired at least one round, striking both the driver and passenger, Perez said.
The passenger was evaluated for non-life-threatening injuries, and two police officers were transported to St. Vincent’s Medical Center with minor injuries.
Negron's body was pulled from the car and left uncovered on the ground for six to seven hours after the 5 p.m. Tuesday shooting, police said.
Perez said he had been pulled from the vehicle, handcuffed and placed on the ground, while officers tended to the passenger who was shot in the shoulder and transported to Bridgeport Hospital.
When it was determined the driver had died, police were bound by protocol to leave his body where it was, uncovered so as not to damage evidence, until the State Police and medical examiner’s representatives could attend to it, Perez said.
“We have shields, and we shielded the body,” he said. “It’s not a perfect system.”
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