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Friday, July 21 Local

Father disputes police version of son’s death

BRIDGEPORT — The lawyer for the father of a 15-year-old boy fatally shot by police disputed initial police reports of the incident Friday.

“It appears that the initial factual allegations from the city of Bridgeport and social media were false,” said Michael Rosnick, as he stood beside Juan Negron, the father of Jayson Negron, who was killed by Officer James Boulay on May 9. “It appears that the vehicle was not stolen, there was never a police chase and no officer’s life was in danger to justify the use of deadly force, on a child, nonetheless.”

Rosnick would not comment on whether the father intends to sue the city over his son’s death.

“The indignity that occurred to Jayson and his family must be addressed,” the attorney said.

Jayson Negron was shot in the chest after, local and state police said, he led city officer on a brief pursuit in a stolen car. The teen’s body, with his hands cuffed behind his back, then lay on the street for six hours while police processed the scene.

“As the Bridgeport officers approached, the operator (Negron) of the stolen vehicle accelerated in reverse and struck at least one Bridgeport police officer,” state police, who were put in charge of the investigation, said the day after the shooting. “As a result, a second Bridgeport police officer fired at least one round from their duty weapon, striking both the operator and front seat passenger.”

State police have since said they will have no more public comment on the case until their investigation is finished.

The passenger, 21-year-old Julian Fyffe, was shot in the arm and back. He told Hearst Connecticut Media that there was no pursuit and that Boulay fired three shots at them through the open driver’s door after Negron panicked and hit the gas, sending the car backward.

Although there were earlier reports from family members that Negron had been homeless, Rosnick said the boy’s father, who owns a tattoo parlor, had recently gotten full custody of his son.

Negron Press Conference

Media: Brian Pounds / ctpost.com

“Jayson was a joyful, fun-loving 15-year-old boy who enjoyed music and the arts. He lived with his father and attended Bunnell High School in Stratford. Jayson was adored by his family and friends,” Rosnick said. “The family is expecting that the rule of law and justice will prevail, that the state of Connecticut will conduct a fair and impartial investigation, that the true facts will come to light and that those responsible for Jayson’s death will be held accountable. The family and the community are entitled to the truth.”

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