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State attorney says officer justified in police shooting

NEW HAVEN — A Connecticut state attorney says a New Haven officer was justified in a January shooting that wounded a man.

New Haven Detective Francisco Sanchez was working with state authorities to apprehend Marcus Rivera as he fled authorities trying arrest him on an outstanding warrant.

Sanchez pursued and wrote in a sworn statement that he was able to get in front of Rivera in a driveway between two houses on Greenwich Avenue where Rivera stopped in front of him.

Marcus Rivera

In Sanchez’s statement he alleges Rivera pulled out a gun at pointed it at him causing him to shoot Rivera.

Rivera was transported to New Haven Hospital where he was treated for a gunshot wound to the abdomen. He has pleaded not guilty to charges of assault, resisting arrest among other charges.

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