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State Police Corner 'Erratic' Man in Norwalk

NORWALK, Conn. – Two Connecticut state troopers had their guns drawn on an "erratic" man in a Norwalk parking lot Monday night, according to Norwalk Police.

The troopers were pointing their guns at a man kneeling on the ground at the Walgreens at 234 Main Ave. when Norwalk police arrived at about 9:15 p.m., Sgt. Lisa Cotto said. She did not know why state police were involved.

A Troop G dispatcher said state police happened to be first on the scene for what he called an “emergency committal.”’ A state police spokesman said the troopers were assisting another agency and had no further information.

Cotto said the "erratic" 26-year-old Bridgeport man, who had no identification on him, was incoherent and agitated. He was combative and yelling at police. He is quoted as saying, “My boy is the same boy who shot Officer Gasparino and the same is going to happen to all of you.” It was a reference to the shooting of Stamford Officer Richard Gasparino in December 2010.

Officers say they smelled marijuana in the man’s car, according to Cotto. The man was taken to Norwalk Hospital for a psychiatric evaluation. His car was towed.

Also on the police blotter:

Drug possession, illegal firearm: Norwalk police stopped a vehicle for making an improper turn Monday and arrested both occupants after they found marijuana and an illegal weapon, Sgt. Lisa Cotto said.

Tiffany Wilson, 27, of Bridgeport, had an electronic defense weapon in her purse, which is illegal in Connecticut, according to Cotto. Police found 2.6 grams of marijuana in five glassine bags in the possession of Eugene Booker, 28, of Bridgeport.

Wilson was driving on a suspended license when the vehicle was stopped at 4:51 p.m. at South Main and Concord streets. She was charged with carrying a dangerous weapon, with a $500 bond, and given two citations. Booker was charged with illegal possession near a school, illegal manufacture/prescription/distribution/sale of prescription drugs and possession of narcotics. Bond was $2,000.

Drug possession: James Fleming, 18, of 58 Quintard Ave., was arrested Monday after his mother took a white powdery substance to police headquarters and asked officers to identify it, Sgt. Lisa Cotto said. She did not know what was in the ziplock bag, but Fleming was charged with possession of narcotics. Bond was $10,000.

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