Bridgeport man charged with murder
Updated 5:50 pm, Sunday, February 26, 2017
BRIDGEPORT — A city man was arrested in connection with the Friday homicide of Michael Watkins, who was shot numerous times on Berkshire Avenue
Fitzgerald said an investigation concluded that Brown shot Watkins multiple times during the course of an altercation in front of 438 Berkshire Ave. Watkins, who had a pistol permit, fired at Brown as well, striking him in the chest.
After being treated for his wounds, Brown initially lied to detectives about how and where he had been shot, but later confessed that he shot Watkins, Fitzgerald said.
Watkins was found on the street Friday by emergency responders who had been called to the scene of an apparent assault just before 10 p.m., according to police. They found he had been shot in the head, Bridgeport Police Chief Armando Perez said.
Friends and family members said Watkins was born in Jamaica, where his mother lives, and went to Central High School,
Watkins’ death was Bridgeport’s fourth homicide of 2017 and the city’s second in a single day.
Early Friday morning, 26-year-old Nidia Gonzalez was stabbed to death, setting off a manhunt for her boyfriend, 39-year-old Oscar Hernandez, who police said fled with their child before being captured in Pennsylvania.