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State's Attorney: New Haven officer was justified in Ferry Street shooting

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Ferry Street in New Haven. (WFSB photo) Ferry Street in New Haven. (WFSB photo)

The New Haven State’s Attorney has ruled that a New Haven officer who shot a man earlier this month was justified in his use of force.

On Aug. 16, police responded to an apartment on Ferry Street after receiving a 911 call from a woman who said her son was acting strangely.

Her son was in possession of a serrated kitchen knife.

The woman said her son told her that he “wanted the police to come so that he could attempt to stab the officer and then be shot and killed by the police,” the report from the New Haven State’s Attorney said.

The suspect, identified as Roberto Orsini-Rodriguez, came out of an elevator into the lobby where emergency responders were.

The New Haven State’s Attorney’s report said Orsini-Rodriguez walked quickly toward Officer Brian Jackson, who was heard giving commands to drop the knife, at least two times.

Orsini-Rodriguez “was holding the knife in his right hand in an aggressive manner as if he was going to lunge forward. Officer Jackson fired twice at this male when the distance between them was in the range of two to eight feet according to witnesses. Struck twice, Orsini-Rodriguez fell to the ground and was subdued,” the report said.

Orsini-Rodriguez was taken to Yale-New Haven Hospital for treatment and is expected to survive.

“At the direction of New Haven State’s Attorney Patrick Griffin, the Connecticut State Police Central Division Major Crime Unit investigated the use of force by Officer Brian Jackson. The reports and statements generated by this investigation have been reviewed by State’s Attorney Griffin and it is his conclusion that the use of force exercised by Officer Jackson was both reasonable and justifiable in order to protect both himself and other individuals at the scene,” the New Haven State’s Attorney’s report stated.

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