Bridgeport man sentenced to prison for ramming police car, injuring agent

WTNH Connecticut News

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)- Today Bernard Pettway, 39, of Bridgeport, was sentenced in Hartford to 12 months and one day of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for ramming a law enforcement vehicle and injuring an ATF special agent.

This matter stems from “Operation Samson,” a multi-layered initiative headed by the ATF and the Bridgeport and New Haven Police Departments that targeted violent criminals, illegal firearm possession and firearm trafficking.  In the spring of 2014, approximately 40 ATF special agents and personnel from Connecticut and across the country were deployed with New Haven and Bridgeport Police to conduct numerous covert operations.

According to court documents and statements made in court, between April and June 2014, investigators made three controlled purchases of crack cocaine from Pettway.  On June 16, 2014, an individual working with law enforcement called Pettway and placed an order for crack cocaine.  Pettway arranged to meet the drug purchaser…

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