WETHERSFIELD, CT (WFSB) - The teen injured in a Wethersfield police officer-involved shooting on Saturday evening has died on Monday evening, according to state police.

A call for answers continues to get louder after a Wethersfield teenager was killed in a police-involved shooting over the weekend.

Family, friends and activists said they'll be at the Wethersfield Police Department on Monday afternoon to send a strong message to police.

State police are looking into what happened. They're asking anyone with information to give them a call.

The late teen was identified as 18-year-old Anthony Jose Vega Cruz.

According to family members, Cruz is fought for his life at Hartford Hospital following the shooting.

Troopers said two Wethersfield police officers were trying to stop a car driven by Cruz on Saturday night.

According to state police, Cruz was driving down the Silas Deane Highway when he collided with a cruiser.

A Channel 3 viewer sent in video of what they said was part of Saturday night's incident.

In it, local police officers appear to carefully approach the car when it was stopped.

Troopers said that's when Cruz started to drive at one of the officers. That officer fired his gun and injured the teen.

Officers are then seen carefully approaching the car with their guns drawn, and tell a woman to get out of the car. 

Cruz was taken to Hartford Hospital where he remained in critical condition as of Monday morning.

"He's on life support," said Davon Colon. 

Cruz's family said he was shot twice in the head. Colon, Cruz's nephew, said his mother told him what happened. 

"First thing in my head was I didn't believe it. She said he was shot in the head. I thought he was at the wrong place, at the wrong time and when she told me it was a police shooting it just switched. Chulo is the most kind, awesome, amazing person," Colon said. 

A female passenger, identified as 18-year-old Stephanie Santiago, was not hurt.

Investigators said Cruz crashed into the cruiser when he drove toward and officer, that's when police started shooting. 

Wethersfield police said the officers suspected the car was stolen, but state police are looking to confirm that information. 

His family said the car he was driving was his, but it wasn't registered. They also said he moved to Wetherfeild to get a safer life. 

"I said, 'Chulo, do you like Wethersfield?' He's like, 'so happy I got out of Hartford, this is a new chance for me.' But, I guess not," Colon said. 

In the wake of the incident, family, friends and activists said they are demanding justice and hoping for a miracle.

“We want justice," said Myrna Alicea, a friend of the teens. "We want it to stop.”

On Monday during the rally, protesters demanded the chief of police in Wethersfield. Moments later, Chief James Cetran emerged from the police department and was peppered with questions. 

Any meaningful dialogue got lost in the chaos, but the chief did recognize the heartbreak from the shooting. 

"This is a tragedy, all the way around. I feel sorry for the family," Cetran said. 

Channel 3 learned there is no body camera footage from the shooting, but there is dashcam video and that could be released in the coming days. 

It's protocol for the State's Attorney's Office to handle these types of investigations. 

The names of the officers involved in the shooting have not yet been released, and their status with the department is still unknown. 

Stay with Channel 3 for continuing coverage.

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(4) comments

jan w

When a police stops you, put your hands up and don't move. The police have no idea what you will do so they have a right to protect themselves. If the same car that was stooped comes towards you, that is a potential threat sign. This isn't about black lives matter because he isn't even black. this is about kids doing stupid things and not listening to authority.


Law enforcement's had enough.he placed a officer in danger. Dont do the crime... , no police contact no problems.


Police are NOT judges or executioners.

Mr Verdad

A motor vehicle IS a deadly weapon (40k automobile deaths per year is almost x3 number of annual firearm homicides). Officers have every right to return home to their families at the end of the night - deadly force is authorized when an officers life is threatened.

Failure to have proper registration. Failure to comply with law enforcement orders. Attempted vehicular injury/homicide. All these problems and the resulting consequences fall squarely on the kid.

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