Deadly use of force in officer-involved shooting was justified

A report from the state’s attorney has concluded that the deadly use of force from an officer-involved shooting that happened last July in Hartford was justified.

The shooting happened on July 26 on an on-ramp leading to I-84.

The Hartford Police Crimes Unit was on a routine patrol and tried to stop a car in the area of Park Terrace, during a criminal investigation.

The driver of the car, later identified as 41-year-old Alphonso Zaporta of Windsor, fled from officers, heading toward the I-84 on-ramp from Capitol Avenue.

Police said the car came to a stop due to ongoing construction traffic, as well as a stop stick deployment.

That’s when officers approached the car.

Police said Zaporta got out of the car, violently attacked them, and gained control of an officer’s gun.

That’s when Zaporta was shot and killed.

According to the report, a firearm was also found on the driver’s side floor area of the Maxima.

The report also states that Zaporta had made statements giving insight to his intent on July 26, saying “July 26, 2019 was going to be the last day of his life,” that “he was not going back to jail,” “and if the cops stopped him, he would run, and if he could not run, he would fight and try to grab the officer’s gun because he wanted to die,” and that “he was ready to die.”

At the end of the report, it said the investigation revealed the deadly use of force was “entirely appropriate.”


By: ThisIsButter (38792.00)

Tags: use of force

Location: Hartford, ct