A Bridgeport officer returned fire after the armed suspect in a clothing store robbery shot at him while running away, police said. Neither the officer nor the suspect were injured in the shooting, police said.
Jachim Brown, 27, was arrested and charged with attempted murder of an officer, as well as weapons and robbery charges.
Brown is being held in lieu of $1 million, police said.
The incident began about 9:35 a.m. at the Eblens store at 586 Pequonnock St. Police said they received a call that said the store was being robbed.
Two female employees were the only people inside when Brown entered and held one of them at gunpoint while demanding money, police said.
“An alert officer working an outside overtime job nearby immediately spotted the suspect exiting the store wearing a mask,” Lt. Christopher LaMaine, of Bridgport’s police detective bureau, said in a news release.
The officer, who was not identified, chased Brown, who turned around and fired at the officer, police said. The officer returned fire, and with the help of other officers captured Brown, LaMaine said.
Brown sustained a minor injury “that does not appear to be the result of a gunshot,” LaMaine said.
Officers recovered nearly $1,900, the firearm Brown used to shoot at the officer, the mask worn during the robbery, and the shell casing from his gun, police said. During a post-arrest interview, Brown admitted to the robbery and to firing at the officer, LaMaine said.
“The Detective Bureau is investigating the potential involvement of others in this case and exploring the possibility of Brown being linked to other similar crimes,” LaMaine said.