BRIDGEPORT — The site of the memorial for Thursday night’s homicide victim turned chaotic Friday night.
Police spokesman Av Harris said one officer was pepper sprayed — but it was unclear who sprayed him — and a Taser was used on one civilian in the area of the Eric Diaz’s memorial.
Diaz, 19, of Bridgeport, was shot near the intersection of Newfield Avenue and Beardsley Street around 10 p.m. Thursday, police said. On Friday, a memorial was set up in his memory — the sidewalk was covered in candles, T-shirts, balloons and photos.
Throughout the day, people stopped by, paid respects and took a moment to remember their loved one.
But around 7:45 p.m., the city police dispatcher asked officers to respond to the area of Beardsley Street and Seaview Avenue and Beardsley Street and Newfield Avenue to block off traffic because there was a large group of people at the memorial, spilling onto the street.
Around 9:15 p.m., multiple additional units were requested to respond to the area by the dispatcher because the crowd was growing. Shortly after, an officer on the scene requested K-9 units respond to the area.
Within minutes, yelling broke out over the dispatch lines.
An officer on the scene was requesting help and the dispatcher instructed all available units to respond to the area of Newfield Avenue and Revere Street, Newfield Avenue and Orange Street and Newfield Avenue and Beardsley Street.
At least two ambulances were requested at two different locations in the area for the person that a Taser had been used on and for a police officer, reports indicated.
Reports indicated at least three people were arrested and taken to booking.
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