Lawyers: Officer Who Killed Teen Was 'Ticking Time Bomb'

May 08, 2019 - 1:10 pm

Aaron Kupec/WTIC


WETHERSFIELD, Conn. (WTIC and AP) - Relatives of a Connecticut man killed by a police officer last month and their lawyers are calling for the officer to be arrested, saying he was a ``ticking time bomb'' because of problems he had at another police department.  

Family members and attorneys gathered Wednesday in Wethersfield, where Officer Layau Eulizier shot 18-year-old Anthony Jose Vega Cruz on April 20.  

Eulizier fired at the windshield of Vega Cruz's car when Vega Cruz drove at him after fleeing a traffic stop. A prosecutor is investigating.  

Lawyers Ben Crump and Michael Jefferson criticized the officer's actions and cited personnel records that said Eulizier had problems handling stressful situations when he was a Manchester officer from 2015 until 2018.  

Eulizier's lawyer believes the shooting was justified because Eulizier's life was in danger. 

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