Men arrested with guns, drugs after chase by murder scene
BRIDGEPORT — Three men were arrested with guns and drugs in their car following a chase with police near a homicide scene Tuesday night.
But while the men were spotted near the William Street home where a woman was shot to death, Police Capt. Brian Fitzgerald said at this point it doesn’t appear the chase and murder are related.
“They were driving in the same areas but at this point we have no evidence that they committed the homicide,” Fitzgerald said.
Sujata Lee Edwards, 36, was shot to death Tuesday night in her William Street home after police said the house was shot up by several men. There have been no arrests.
On Wednesday afternoon, 25-year-old Domontae Waters, still coping with wounds from an earlier shooting, was arraigned before Superior Court Judge Tracy Lee Dayton.
“This is a very serious and dangerous case,” the judge said, ordering Waters held in lieu of $150,000 bond.
On Tuesday night Waters, of Bridgeport; Tyler Marriner, 28, of Bridgeport, and John “Gotti” Matthews, 23, of Ansonia, were all charged with possession of narcotics, stealing a firearm, criminal possession of a firearm, possession of a controlled substance, engaging police in a pursuit and reckless driving.
Marriner and Matthews later each posted $100,000 bonds.
Officers were patrolling the city’s East Side Tuesday night when a police broadcast went out for a black two-door Audi sedan that had multiple firearms in it, according to police. A short time later, officers spotted the car on Washington Avenue. When they attempted to pull it over, police said, Matthews, later identified as the driver of the Audi, accelerated.
Police said the pursuit led them onto Madison Avenue where Matthews struck the rear of another car at the intersection with Arlington Street. Police said the impact of the crash caused Matthews to veer onto the sidewalk and into a traffic light pole. All three of the men in the car — Waters, Matthews and Marriner — were taken into custody without incident.
Inside the Audi, police said, they found a .38-caliber revolver and a 9mm semi-automatic handgun. Police said they also seized from the Audi numerous bags containing what they identified as marijuana and opiate pills.
Last May, Waters was shot during an incident on Asylum Street in which Willie “Chill” Nance was shot to death. Police at the time said they believed Waters was with the man charged with killing Nance, Shardel “Dolo” Ragin, who is awaiting trial for allegedly killing Nance.
Matthews was arrested in November by Trumbull police following a chase through the mall after an alleged heroin deal.