BRIDGEPORT – A local man charged with attempted to murder another resident earlier this month was also involved in the near shooting of the mayor, police said.
Jayvell Washington, 38, has also been bringing guns illegally into the city, Police Chief Armando Perez said on Monday.
Police said Rogers had been walking on Trumbull Avenue near his home when he was shot twice in the abdomen.
Mayor Joseph Ganim had earlier been visiting the Rogers home to console them over the death of Chaz Rogers, who was found shot to death, when police said someone fired at the Rogers home from a car. Ganim was not injured.
Chaz Rogers and Eugene Rogers are brothers.
Police said Eugene Rogers told them that he has known Washington for 30 years and that Washington and Rogers’ sister have a child together.
Washington is charged with attempted murder, first-degree assault, illegal use of a firearm and criminal use of a firearm for shooting Rogers. He is being held in lieu of $500,000 bond.
Police Capt. Roderick Porter said Washington is connected to the shooting at the Rogers’ home but they don’t believe he was the shooter. He said the house shooting and the murder of Chaz Rogers is still under investigation.
Porter said when they arrested Washington on Friday he had a loaded gun.
Washington previously served seven years in prison for a 1998 manslaughter conviction as well as a 3 and a half-year federal sentence on gun charges and a two-year state term for selling drugs.
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