(Bridgeport, CT – Aug. 29, 2013) – Police are looking for the public’s help in identifying the suspect in an Aug. 17 shooting.
Lt. William Bailey and Officer Gerald Lavin were in the 500 block of Trumbull Avenue when they observed a car pull up a block away. A male got out of the car and fired numerous shots before jumping back into the car and fleeing. No one was struck by the gunfire and the intended target has not come forward.
Police have an image of the suspected shooter and are asking for the public’s help in identifying him.
The driver, later identified as Amelia Rhodes, of Bridgeport, sped off, nearly striking the police vehicle, and led police on a chase. She crashed in the area of Chopsey Hill Road and Summit Street.
Both occupants fled on foot, including the male passenger who fled while still holding the gun.
Officers Jeffrey Long, Jeremy Kelly and Adam Rozum responded to the area and began searching for the female driver. They heard the sound of branches breaking as if someone was running through a wooded area and then a splash. The three officers waded waist deep into a creek and, after a search, observed the soles of two sneakers inside a concrete drainage pipe.
The officers ordered Rhodes to come out. She wiggled out and was arrested. The incident remains under investigation. Police continue to investigate and are attempting to identify the passenger from the vehicle.
Detective John Tenn is leading the investigation.