Officer's Lawyer Says Fatal Shooting Justified

May 07, 2019 - 4:53 pm

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The lawyer for a Connecticut police officer who fatally shot a driver during an attempted traffic stop last month says the use of deadly force was justified.

Attorney Elliot Spector on Tuesday made the first public comments on behalf of Wethersfield Officer Layau Eulizier.

Police say Eulizier killed 18-year-old Anthony Jose Vega Cruz on April 20 when Vega Cruz drove his car at the officer. Spector said Eulizier was forced to run in front of the car to get a look at the driver through the windshield because of the car's darkly tinted door windows.

Spector also said Eulizier was unfairly portrayed in disciplinary documents released Monday by Manchester police, where the officer worked before Wethersfield. The records say Eulizier's performance was unacceptable at times and he had trouble handling stressful situations.