Sep 16, 2020
Police: Bridgeport Officer Shoots Stabbing Suspect
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The Bridgeport officer shot the man once in his right side shortly after 1 a.m. after a stun gun was fired but failed to stop the attack, acting Police Chief Rebeca Garcia said during a news conference.
Garcia identified the man as Juan Villa. She said he was taken to a hospital and underwent surgery. The stabbing victim, who was not identified, also was taken to a hospital and is expected to survive, she said.
Garcia said Officer Eliud Henry, a nine-year veteran of the force, fired his gun once.
Henry and Officer Sean Curran responded to a reported disturbance and saw Villa stabbing the victim, Garcia said. She said both officers have been placed on administrative status under normal shooting protocols while state police investigate.
The officers' body cameras recorded the shooting, and the videos will be turned over to state police and will be released publicly soon, police officials said.
Stamford State's Attorney Paul Ferencek will be determining whether the shooting was justified.
Charges against Villa were pending Wednesday. It wasn't clear if he had an attorney who could speak for him.
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Evidence comes up short in Santa Cruz fatal stabbing arrest
SANTA CRUZ — Insufficient evidence exists to immediately charge with murder a Santa Cruz man arrested on suspicion of stabbing to death a 33-year-old recently moved to the area from Colorado, police said Wednesday.
David Douglas Cameron, 34, has been held at Santa Cruz County Jail since Sunday on suspicion of second-degree murder. He was arrested on Cedar Street the same day Joshua Newell was found unconscious and suffering from multiple stab wounds around 3 a.m. near the parking lot in Depot Park. Despite lifesaving efforts, Newell later was pronounced dead at Dominican Hospital.
According to the Santa Cruz Police Department, Cameron was identified as a man seen leaving the scene of the stabbing “in possession of incriminating evidence linking him to the crime.” Police investigators believe that Cameron and Newell fought over two women prior to Newell’s death, per witness interviews.
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The department’s homicide investigation is ongoing, however, and police are asking anyone with information about the case to contact the Santa Cruz Police Department Investigations Division at 831-420-5820.
Cameron remained held without bail Wednesday and was scheduled for court arraignment on an alleged violation of terms of his probation, according to police.