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Models have been despatched to the YMCA on State Road in Bridgeport, Conn., on Thursday, Feb. 3, 2022, for a report of A particular person assaulted with a weapon, police said.
Ned Gerard / Hearst Connecticut Media
BRIDGEPORT — One particular person was charged after capturing a safety guard On the State Road YMCA with a pepper spray gun late Thursday, Based mostly on officers.
Police said they responded to The world of the YMCA round 11:30 p.m. for a report of A particular person assaulted with a weapon. Scott Appleby, The metropolis’s director of emergency communications and emergency advertministration, said a safety guard referred to as 911 and reported an occupant On the YMCA shot him Inside the face.
Arriving units found A particular person bleeding from his face and smelled pepper spray Inside the foyer and safety office. Appleby said police and medics found the sufferer was shot Inside the cheek with what was initially believed to be a BB gun. He said The safety guard suffered non-life-threatening accidents.
Whereas preliminary reviews indicated the guard was shot with a BB gun, Appleby said it was later clarified thOn The particular person was hit with a projectile that shoots out of the pepper spray gun that has the irritant inside.
Appleby said the incident occurred when the suspect, Billy Pettway, was being “disruptive” Inside the foyer and went to The safety office window and sprayed a “pepper spray gun.” Officers later found Pettway in possession of the pepper spray, Appleby said.
Pettway was charged with second-diploma assault, carrying a dangerous weapon and second-diploma breach of peace. His bond was set at $60,000.
Hearth units responded with followers to dissipate the pepper spray, Appleby said.
Clarification: Whereas officers initially reported thOn The safety guard hadvert been shot Inside the cheek with a BB gun, further investigation indicated it was a projectile from a pepper spray gun.