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Shooter In Standoff At Stratford Beach Identified As Disabled War Veteran

An officer lets a car pull into the Lordship neighborhood in Stratford where the shooting occurred on Sept. 14.
An officer lets a car pull into the Lordship neighborhood in Stratford where the shooting occurred on Sept. 14. Photo Credit: Frank MacEachern, File

STRATFORD, Conn. — The man who shot in the chest by Stratford police officers last month after luring them to Russian Beach and confronting them with what appeared to be a gun is a 40-year-old disabled Iraq war veteran, according to the Connecticut Post. 

Timothy Johnson, of Fernwood Drive, was arrested by State Police last week and charged with use of a facsimile firearm, interfering with police, second-degree reckless endangerment, threatening and second-degree breach of peace in the Sept. 14 incident, said the Post, citing court documents. He is free on bond and under psychiatric care.

According to the Post, Johnson was severely wounded in the war when his Humvee hit an explosive device, leaving him disabled and in pain and becoming increasingly delusional and paranoid.

Johnson used his own cellphone to call 911 three times that morning to report a man with a gun by the flagpole in Lordship, the Post said. 

When two officers arrived at the beach,  they found a white man with a handgun. When officers ordered Johnson to drop the gun, he advanced toward them and fired, police said. The two officers, who were not struck, returned fire and hit him in the chest, police said.

He was in stable condition in Bridgeport Hospital after the shooting, Stratford Police said.

Detectives from State Police Western District Major Crime Squad took command of the investigation.

Johnson's gun was identical to a 9 mm Beretta but fired only blanks, the Post said.

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