Audrey Washington, Steve Pancione
One of the two people shot by members of an undercover police task force was pronounced dead in Bridgeport
A 33-year-old Bridgeport is dead and a woman is hospitalized after a police-involved shooting in Bridgeport on Monday evening, authorities said.
Members of the Statewide Urban Violence Cooperative Crime Control Task Force were conducting an undercover operation on Boston Avenue just before 7 p.m. when they ordered a man, identified as Carnell L. Williams, and woman out a car in the parking lot of the Bayview shopping plaza on Boston Avenue, according to state police.
The woman was driving and Williams was a passenger, according to state police.
They refused, pointed at least one weapon at police and several officers fired shots, police said.
The woman tried to drive away, but hit a curb in the parking lot and the car became disabled.
Both suspects tried to run from the scene, but police quickly apprehended both people.
They were both suffering from gunshot wounds, police said.
The man was taken to Bridgeport Hospital, where he died just after 8:30 p.m. An autopsy is planned for today.
The woman was transported to St. Vincent's Hospital and her injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.
Police have not released the woman's name.
No one else was hurt, but the officers involved were brought to Bridgeport Hospital to be evaluated. They have since been released.
Paulo Silveira of Bridgeport, was nearby at the time of the shooting and said he thought he'd heard fireworks, but soon realized it was gunfire.
"I heard a popping sound from out here and I wasn't sure what it was," he said.
Silveira said at least 20 shots rang out.
The plaza was evacuated and taped off as investigators responded to the scene.
The State Police Major Crime Unit, the State's Attorney's office and the Bridgeport Police Internal Affairs division are conducting the investigation.