“A 28-year old East Hartford man with 51 previous arrests and more than a dozen convictions [and wanted for a homicide in 2006] was charged Thursday night with assaulting two police officers following a car accident,” courant.com reports. Specifically, 28-year-old Joshua Suarez’s charges include assault on a police officer, possession of narcotics, engaging police in pursuit, driving under license suspension, driving an unregistered car, reckless driving, evading responsibility and driving without insurance. The judge in the case praised Sgt. Jeff Morrison for not shooting Suarez, and for good reason . . .
According to police reports, Sgt. Jeff Morrison approached Suarez with his gun drawn and repeatedly ordered him to show his hands and get on the ground. Instead, according to the report, Suarez from a low football crouch charged Morrison, wrapped his arms around Morrison’s waist and pushed him back.
Morrison said he smashed Suarez in the left side of his face with his handgun in an attempt to end the attack. Although he was still falling backward, Morrison wrote that he was able to deflect Suarez to his left. Morrison then jumped on top of him to control him.
Suarez did not giving up and was grabbing at Morrison’s throat and uniform shirt. Morrison wrote that he was only able to break away from Suarez when his shirt tore. He used his gun “as an emergency impact weapon and struck the accused in the left side of the head again.”
More officers then arrived and were able to get control of Suarez.
TTAG tipster 1961bil has this to say about that:
The cop appears to have been justified to used his weapon yet he did not. Are cops reluctant to use deadly force in light of what is going on in the US? The incident also sheds light on the joke called the Connecticut Judicial system. 51 arrests. On parole. These are the so-called non violent offenders that Malloy has ordered released from prison seems to be working well.