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Man charged with shooting at police after mall robbery

TRUMBULL (AP) — A man accused of robbing a jewelry store at a Connecticut mall was taken into custody early Saturday after crashing his car during a police chase and shooting at officers during an hours-long standoff, authorities said. The man also struck and wounded a pedestrian while fleeing, police said.

Police were called to the Westfield Trumbull Mall in Trumbull shortly after 7 p.m. Friday.

Authorities said Eddie Lynch, 24, of New Haven, used a gun to shatter a display case in the jewelry store, and the gun discharged. No one was hurt.

Lynch grabbed several gold chains and ran off, police said. Officers spotted a car fleeing the mall and gave chase until the car crashed in Bridgeport. Lynch refused to get out of the vehicle and fired his gun at officers at least once, police said. No officers were injured.

Bridgeport officials said Lynch finally surrendered shortly after 1 a.m. Saturday.

Lynch was detained on $570,000 bail on charges including attempted murder, attempted assault on a police officer and robbery. Police also said there was a pending arrest warrant Lynch and he was charged in connection with a violent domestic assault.

It wasn't immediately clear if Lynch has a lawyer who could respond to the allegations.

The condition of the pedestrian who was struck has not been released.



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