By Tara O’Neill

The Middletown Press (Middletown, CT) - - NEWS - Any­one with in­for­ma­tion is asked to call the Strat­ford Po­lice Depart­ment at 203-385-4140. Anony­mous tips can be sub­mit­ted on the Strat­ford Po­lice Tip411 smart­phone ap­pli­ca­tion.

STRAT­FORD — Po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing Strat­ford’s first homi­cide in more than a year and a half, af­ter an early morn­ing street­side shoot­ing led to the death of a male vic­tim at Bridge­port Hos­pi­tal.

Po­lice said the vic­tim was sit­ting with some­one else in a parked car on Re­gency Ter­race when they were ap­proached by two other males at about 2:20 a.m.

The par­ties “ex­changed words,” Strat­ford Po­lice Capt. Frank Ean­notti said, and one of the ap­proach­ing males pulled out a gun and fired, with “at least one shot strik­ing the vic­tim” in­side the car.

Ean­notti said po­lice did not ex­pect any fur­ther in­for­ma­tion, in­clud­ing the vic­tim’s name, to be re­leased Satur­day.

The last homi­cide in Strat­ford had been on May 27, 2017, when 27-year-old An­dre Pettway was shot on Garibaldi Av­enue and later died at the hos­pi­tal.

Three peo­ple were charged in con­nec­tion with Pettway’s killing — Bran­dyn Ford, then 24, of Strat­ford; Jose Rivera, then 24, of Bridge­port; and Wil­fredo Martinez, then 23, of Bridge­port.

Pettway, a Bridge­port res­i­dent, was the only homi­cide in Strat­ford that year, and the first one the town had seen since 2011, ac­cord­ing to city-data.com, a web­site that pro­vides sta­tis­tics on towns and cities na­tion­wide.

The data recorded on the site goes back to 2002 and showed Strat­ford had two homi­cides in 2002, 2003 and 2008; one in 2005, 2010 and 2011; and none in 2004, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

On Satur­day af­ter­noon, Po­lice were piec­ing to­gether what hap­pened dur­ing the overnight hours. On Re­gency Ter­race, as on many streets in Strat­ford, there is a Neigh­bor­hood Watch sign un­der the posted 25 mph speed limit.

“Warn­ing,” the sign reads, “all sus­pi­cious per­sons and ac­tiv­i­ties are im­me­di­ately re­ported to our po­lice depart­ment.”

A man around the cor­ner on Peace Street was tak­ing down Christ­mas lights from a tree next to his house, dogs wan­dered around fenced in front yards and a few cars drove down the street.

At the cor­ner of Peace Street and Re­gency Ter­race bro­ken down Strat­ford po­lice bar­ri­ers were left be­hind from the homi­cide in­ves­ti­ga­tion. An­other pile of signs were left on the side­walk at the cor­ner of Re­gency Ter­race and Bar­num Av­enue.

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