On Wednesday, December 8, 2021, at approximately 8:55 PM, the Fairfield Police Department received reports of shots fired from a vehicle in the area a Fairfield Woods Road and Stillson Road.
A witness reported that observing a white Toyota Camry traveling northbound on Black Rock Turnpike towards Stillson Road. He then observed the vehicle make a right turn onto Stillson Road at a high rate of speed. As the vehicle approached Fairfield Woods Rd, the witness observed the passenger reach his arm out of the open passenger’s side front window, point a firearm into the air, and discharge four rounds into the air. The witness described seeing four muzzle flashes during the incident and reported that the vehicle continued driving at a high rate of speed, eastbound on Fairfield Woods Road. The witness then observed four more muzzle flashes emanating from the vehicle at the intersection of Fairfield Woods Road and High Ridge Road.
The witness continued to provide a license plate, vehicle description and direction of travel to Dispatchers.
A Fairfield Police Special Officer was working a security detail in the area and observed the suspect vehicle traveling eastbound on Fairfield Woods Road. Patrol officers in the area then located and stopped the vehicle on Fairfield Wood Road at Applegate Road.
The operator of the vehicle and the passenger were taken into custody without incident.
A loaded firearm was located in the vehicle and shell casings were recovered both in the vehicle and on the roadway. It appears as though the discharged rounds did not strike anything.
This appears to be an isolated incident and there is no active threat to the public.
John Blackwell (DOB 11/03/1990) of Bridgeport was arrested and charged with C.G.S. 53a-63 Reckless Endangerment, C.G.S.53a-8/53a-63 Liability of Owner/Reckless Endangerment, C.G.S. 53a-203 Illegal Discharge of a Firearm, C.G.S.53a-204 Discharge of a Firearm from a Public Highway, C.G.S. 53-206d(a) Illegal Carrying of a Firearm While Under the Influence of Alcohol, and C.G.S. 53a-181 Breach of Peace in the 2nd Degree after being found to have fired a gun into the air from the driver’s seat of his moving vehicle. Blackwell was also issued a Misdemeanor Summons and was charged with C.G.S.14-227a DUI. Bond was set at $50,000 with an initial court appearance date of 12/21/21.
Alston Powell (DOB 09/15/1968) of Bridgeport was arrested and charged with the following offences C.G.S. 53a-63 Reckless Endangerment, C.G.S. 53a-217 Criminal Possession of a Firearm by Convicted Felon, C.G.S. 53a-203 Illegal Discharge of a Firearm, C.G.S. 53a-204 Discharge of a Firearm from a Public highway, C.G.S. 53-206d(a) Illegal Carrying of a Firearm While Under the Influence of Alcohol, C.G.S. 53a-181 Breach of Peace in the 2nd Degree, and C.G.S. 29-35(a) Carrying a Pistol Without a Permit after multiple witnesses observed him firing a gun into the air from the passenger seat of a moving vehicle. Bond was set at $50,000 with an initial court appearance date of 12/21/21.
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