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Tuesday, February 11, 2014


NDC Connecticut is reporting the following:

The Bridgeport police officer who accidentally shot himself in the foot in a crowded bagel shop in December has been charged with unlawful discharge of a firearm.

According to police, on the morning of Dec. 17, Officer Juan Santiago was sitting at a table at Bagel King with three other Bridgeport Police Officers when he “mishandled” another officer’s pistol and shot himself in the left thigh.

Santiago was taken to St. Vincent’s Medical Center for treatment. His injuries were minor.
He turned himself in to Connecticut State Police and was arrested Feb. 10 following a joint investigation conducted by state police and the State’s Attorney’s Office.

Protestors rallied outside Bridgeport police headquarters on Dec. 23 to ask police to file charges against Santiago. The investigation began that day.

Santiago remains on administrative status with the Bridgeport Police Department.

“First, I would like to say we are grateful that the officer is recovering from his injury,” said Police Chief Joseph L. Gaudett, Jr., in a statement. “We have said from the outset that we requested the State Police handle the investigation so the public would have confidence that it would be fair and unbiased.

The State Police conducted a thorough investigation, consulted with the State’s Attorney’s Office and made a determination that we will respect.”
Santiago was released on a promise to appear and is due in court Feb. 18.

This paralells closely the case of Hartford Police Sergeant Eric Smith who fired a round through his neighbors house with the round landing in the bed of his next door neighbor's young daughter.

Why is it illegal in Bridgeport and not in Windsor? I guess it all depends who you know.

Here is the link to the  Eric Smith Windsor story


Fly in the ointment said...

You know why ?


why what? why he wasn't charged?

Anonymous said...

Eric Smith wasn't charged because his "Guardian" angel from Windsor PD watching out for him. Anyone else would have been charged

Anonymous said...

Eric Smith should be made an example just like everyone else. His biased supervision for people whom he doesn't like shows his terrible character. A leader is one who leads by example; not by him showing off his power of authority.

Ken Kennedy said...

Make Eric a Deputy Chief, he has all the qualities the city council is looking for!!!

Where's the Justice said...

Kind of crazy Kevin. The Bridgeport officer has a legitimate, reported, accidental discharge, and doesn't lie about it and attempt to cover it up like Eric, and he gets arrested??? That's pretty crappy.
Eric lies, tries to cover it by not reporting it....and he's fine??? This is absolutely unjust and straight corruption / cover up!!!! State Police should investigate Eric's since Windsor PD can't do a proper unbiased investigation.
Eric must really know people to survive all his baggage.

Anonymous said...

Eric smith called rovella a racist ? Why eric. You got what you deserved. U always liked to play around with the skirts. And im not aware of the instated ride along program. Does betty know you bring females in the supervisor vehicle ? I know for a fact others have hard evidence of this. Look into this kevin or have iad do it.

New haven Gauardians said...

Civilians in the supervisor vehicle without the knowledge of command staff is not good. What if something was to happen ? Especially with erics track record regarding the opposite sex. This pot is boiling!

Yes You Can said...

Ya'll is wasting your time trying to get at Eric!!! For all he constantly gets away with and all his disingenuous acts, he's gotta be down with Obama!

Smith for DC said...

Keep studying for Lieutenants test Eric.....I see a DC position in the near future for you.

Anonymous said...

just wondering what the status of Smith is at this point? Is he still working the street? No doubt this guy should have been fired already