Stamford officer fires on intoxicated suspect who pulled fake gun

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STAMFORD — Police said an intoxicated man pulled a fake gun on an officer Thursday night, and several shots were fired but no one was injured.

Police said Officer Steven Estabrook was on patrol when he saw a car stopped on Grove Street, just south of Forest Street. The officer saw that the driver was passed out in the car.

Elias gunWhen Elias Garcia-Ramirez, 29, woke up, Officer Estabrook requested his ID. That’s when, according to police, Garcia-Ramirez pulled out a gun. Officer Estabrook stepped back and fired several rounds.

No one was injured and Garcia-Ramirez was taken out of the vehicle. Investigators later found a fake gun in the front seat of the car along with a partially empty bottle of whiskey. Garcia-Ramirez failed a field sobriety test, police said. He refused the breathalyzer test and was charged with driving under the influence, interfering with police and possessing a facsimile firearm.

He was held on $100,000 bond and is schedule to appear in court Friday.