Case of man shot by Danbury cop to resume Friday
DANBURY — The disposition hearing of the man accused of assaulting staff and patients at a rehabilitation center before being shot by a city police officer seven months ago is scheduled for Friday.
Aaron Bouffard, 31, has been held at the Corrigan-Radgowski Correctional Center in Uncasville on assault, threatening, breach of peace and disorderly conduct charges, stemming from an incident at MCCA on Old Ridgebury Road back in July.
Bouffard was accused of fighting with a staff member and clients at the rehabilitation center on Old Ridgebury Road the morning of July 3.
Bouffard had been administratively discharged from the facility that morning for after assaulting a fellow patient and getting “involved in a physical altercation” with another, according to a police warrant affidavit.
He was then seen “pacing back and forth … holding two big butcher knives” in the back parking lot of the building before walking towards a fence separating MCCA and the Springhill Suites hotel, the affidavit states.
A chef at MCCA told police Bouffard took the knives from the kitchen.
Bouffard was gone by the time police got to MCCA. A manhunt ensued and ended around 10:45 a.m., when Bouffard was shot by Danbury Police Officer Alexander Relyea in the area of Old Ridgebury and Reserve roads.
Police said Bouffard was armed with two knives and did not follow orders to drop them when Relyea — the same officer who shot and killed a man months prior — encountered him in a recreational area on the former Union Carbide property.
Bouffard’s mother, Sherry Bouffard, said her son told her he didn’t hear police orders to drop the knives.
According to state police, Relyea fired “several rounds” at Bouffard, striking him in the thigh, pelvis area and finger. Bouffard’s mother, however, claims her son was also shot in the ribs and has a bullet “lodged in his spine.”
Bouffard pleaded guilty to third-degree assault and first-degree threatening, and not guilty to the disorderly conduct and second-degree breach of peace charges. He also faces a violation of probation charge as a result of the incident.