Man spot­ted on bike with as­sault weapon Brother calls out po­lice in deadly I-95 shoot­ing


Bridge­port (AP) — A man au­thor­i­ties say was spot­ted bi­cy­cling through Bridge­port car­ry­ing an AR-15 as­sault-style ri­fle has been held on $50,000 bond.

The Con­necti­cut Post re­ports that 49-yearold Louis Varvella was ar­raigned Mon­day on mul­ti­ple charges in­clud­ing breach of peace and pos­ses­sion of an as­sault ri­fle.

Po­lice re­ceived mul­ti­ple calls on Thurs­day morn­ing re­port­ing a man on a bi­cy­cle car­ry­ing a weapon.

Of­fi­cers caught up with Varvella, a bouncer at a city strip club, out­side a florist.

They said the weapon was not loaded, but its se­rial num­ber had been ob­scured and the sus­pect was also car­ry­ing two high-ca­pac­ity mag­a­zines.

Prov­i­dence (AP) — The brother of a man shot dead by po­lice on a busy stretch of In­ter­state 95 says the of­fi­cers were “trig­ger happy” and “screwed up” when they shot him.

Lu­cas Tiberio told The Prov­i­dence Jour­nal that he thinks his 32-year-old older brother, Joseph San­tos, was scared af­ter turn­ing a cor­ner in his life.

San­tos was driv­ing a white pickup truck Thurs­day when he led po­lice on a high-speed chase through Prov­i­dence. At the time, po­lice were look­ing for an­other man who had stolen a state po­lice cruiser, and had a re­port that the man was seen get­ting into the bed of a white pickup. It’s not clear why San­tos fled. Po­lice have said the shoot­ing was jus­ti­fied be­cause San­tos was putting lives at risk by ram­ming cars on the high­way.

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