Saturday, July 19, 2008
UPDATE State police said today a 42-year-old Westport man faces attempted murder charges after hiding in the bed of a pickup truck and opening fire on two Westport police officers responding to a 911 domestic disturbance call.
Officers David Librandi and Craig Bergamo: returned fire. WestportNow file photos
Louis J. Bovino Jr., began firing on the officers, David Librandi, 40, and Craig Bergamo, 24, as they walked up the driveway of his home at 236 Wilton Road at about 8 p.m. Friday, detectives said. (See WestportNow July 18, 2008)
The officers, who were not hit, returned fire, their bullets penetrating the tailgate of the truck before inflicting superficial flesh wounds on Bovino, according to police.
At one point, the officers repeatedly shouted to Bovino to drop his weapon, according to police radio transmissions from the scene. Police had responded previously to the home on domestic disturbance calls, according to neighbors.
The officers and Bovino were transported to Norwalk Hospital by Westport EMS. The officers were treated and released while Bovino was held overnight for treatment before being released into state police custody.
Lt. J. Paul Vance, state police spokesman, said Bovino was charged with three counts of attempted murder, interfering with officers, and threatening. He will be arraigned in Superior Court in Stamford on Monday, the spokesman said. Bond was set at $3 million.
State police and Westport investigators remained on the shooting scene throughout the night. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Vance said additional charges in connection with the domestic disturbance are anticipated to be filed by Westport police.
The state police Western District Major Crime Squad responded to the scene just before 11 p.m. and investigators remained there throughout the night gathering evidence.
A woman residing at the address was uninjured in the incident, detectives said.
It was not known how many shots were exchanged between the officers and Bovino, but detectives said a Westport police cruiser was hit by one or more bullets.
It was the first time in almost 30 years that Westport police officers had returned fire in a shooting incident.
Several years ago, a suspect in a robbery at a Chinese restaurant opened fire on Westport officers while fleeing in a car, but they did not return fire. A police officer fatally shot a suspect in 1980 when he opened fire on him.
Librandi joined the department in 2004 while Bergamo joined in 2006.
It is normal practice when municipal police officers discharge their weapons in the line of duty that state police conduct the incident investigation.
—Dave Matlow contributed reporting for this story.
Posted 07/19/08 at 01:57 PM
Thank God you guys are ok!!!
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