Bridgeport Man Pulled Gun on Troopers During Struggle: State Police

Connecticut State Police

Connecticut State Police have arrested a man accused of pulling a gun on troopers during a struggle in April.

Police said the incident began on April 22 around 6:30 p.m., when troopers pulled over a vehicle on Interstate 95 near exit 27. During the traffic stop troopers found illegal items and tried to detain the driver.

The driver, identified as 33-year-old Robert Bowens, of Bridgeport, ran off. Troopers followed and deployed a stun gun on Bowens, but it did not work. Police said that as troopers struggled with Bowens, he pulled out a gun.

Bowens escaped when family members arrived in an SUV. Bowens jumped into the vehicle, which traveled the wrong way down I-95 north. When troopers cut the vehicle off, it drove the wrong way onto Route 8 south and escaped.

On Tuesday, authorities located Bowens and took him into custody. He was charged with criminal attempted assault, assaulting a police officer, reckless driving, criminal possession of a firearm, weapons in a motor vehicle, possessing a pistol without a permit, criminal possession of ammunition, criminal possession of an electronic defense weapon. Police said Bowens is a convicted felon and had two outstanding violation of probation warrants.

He was held on a combined $700,000 bond. He is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday.

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