Suspect in Trumbull Mall jewelry store robbery surrenders to police after hours-long standoff in Bridgeport

After an hours-long standoff, the suspect of an armed robbery at the Trumbull Mall surrendered to officers at 1:11 a.m., Bridgeport police said in a social media statement.

The incident began just after 7 p.m. Friday, when a man entered the Trumbull Mall Zales Jewelers brandishing a handgun, Trumbull police said. He used the gun to break the glass of a display case and that is when the gun went off once, but no one was injured. Police said he grabbed several gold chains.

The suspect then fled in a car, with police in pursuit, and struck one person a few blocks away near where the car ultimately crashed, Bridgeport emergency management chief Scott Appleby said. That victim’s injuries were not immediately known but the person was transported to a nearby hospital.

The suspect remained in the crashed car, armed with a handgun, for hours after he was first surrounded by police and a negotiator near Ranch Drive and Anton Road, not far from the mall. Residents in the area were asked to remain in their homes while the situation unfolded.

Bridgeport police said Saturday the incident has been turned over to the Trumbull police department, and the area has been deemed safe.

Courant staff writer Zach Murdock contributed to this report.

Amanda Blanco can be reached at [email protected]

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