VIDEO: Mom Says Officers Shot Her Son For No Reason After He Disarmed Cop

Career criminal Alphonso Zaporta fought with Hartford police after leading them on a brief chase on July 26.

Hartford, CT – The Connecticut State’s Attorney’s Office has released bodycam footage that captured the moment a convicted felon stole a Hartford police officer’s duty weapon during a brawl on a congested interstate on-ramp (video below).

The incident began at approximately 9:15 p.m. on July 26, when Hartford police attempted to stop a vehicle being driven by 41-year-old Alphonso Zaporta, the Hartford Courant reported.

“It was more than just a traffic stop, it was also part of an investigation into gun-related activity that happened earlier in the month,” Hartford Police Chief Jason Thody noted.

During the earlier incident, Zaporta allegedly fired multiple rounds from a moving vehicle on Lawrence Street.

He refused to pull over when police spotted him near Park Terrace and Russ Street on July 26, and led officers on a brief pursuit onto the Interstate 84 West on-ramp near Capitol Avenue, New England Public Radio reported.

Zaporta ended up getting stuck in snarled traffic, and proceeded to ram into another motorist’s vehicle in an attempt to escape.

Bodycam footage showed the officers as they rushed towards the wanted felon, who promptly flung the driver’s door open and lunged at one of the officers.

Officer Rocky Last attempted to yank the combative suspect out of the car, and managed to briefly get him into a “headlock,” the Hartford Courant reported.

As Detective Zack Sherry grabbed on to Zaporta’s right arm, Officer Last suddenly yelled out that the suspect had gained control of his duty weapon.

“He’s got my gun!” he yelled.

“Rock – he’s got your gun,” another officer alerted just seconds later.

One officer ran to the passenger side of the suspect’s vehicle, and warned him that he was going to be shot, the video showed.

Meanwhile, another officer dragged Zaporta out of the vehicle by his legs.

The armed felon finally dropped the gun after Det. Sherry opened fire, fatally shooting Zaporta, the Hartford Courant reported.

Bodycam footage showed the weapon lying next to Zaporta’s right hand.

Investigators also located a fully-loaded, stolen handgun lying on the driver’s side floorboard of the suspect’s vehicle.

Subsequent ballistic testing showed a “potential link” between the stolen gun and the spent shell casings from the earlier drive-by shooting, the Hartford Courant reported.

Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin said that it was “clear our officers’ lives were at risk” during the violent struggle.

“Tactics-wise, that was a vehicle that was actively moving and had already backed into another vehicle. It was a congested on-ramp,” Chief Thody noted. “They deployed the technology they had. They did what they could do at that point to subdue the car, to stop the car from moving. The next step is getting the driver out of the car.”

Det. Sherry and Officer Last have both been placed on paid administrative leave for at least the next two weeks while the investigation into the officer-involved shooting continues.

Bronin said that the State’s Attorney’s Office released the bodycam footage as quickly as possible.

“In a situation like this, we think it’s important to show the public as much as we can and provide the most transparency as possible,” the mayor added.

But Zaporta’s mother, Olivia Richard, said the officers had “no reason” to use deadly force against her son, who was wanted on multiple outstanding warrants, the Hartford Courant reported.

“There was no reason for them to shoot him three times,” Richard said during a Sunday night vigil.

She claimed that police edited the video that was released to the public.

“You did not show the videos I saw,” Richard alleged. “Those are not what you released on TV. You cut it and you edit it…and my son has been judged by people who do not know my son.”

Despite video evidence that showed a firearm lying next to Zaporta’s hand, Richard said she does not believe he was armed.

“There is no video on the planet that you showed me where I can see my son with a gun,” she claimed. “My son has a history, but that history does not justify you to get up and go out and shoot my son.”

Zaporta’s criminal history dated back to the 1990’s, and included juvenile convictions of assault and burglary.

He was convicted of larceny, multiple assaults, possession of narcotics, and two probation violations in 1996, and served nine years in prison.

The convicted felon was released onto an 11-and-one-half-year parole sentence in October of 2005, but was arrested on a new breach of peace offense within a year.

Zaporta was again released from prison in March of 2007, with just three months of his sentence remaining.

Within two months, he was back in jail for violating his community supervision, and spent the last month of his sentence in prison.

Later in 2007, Zaporta was convicted of first-degree burglary with a deadly weapon.

He was sentenced to 15 years in prison, with seven of those years suspended.

Zaporta was again arrested for violating his probation in 2016, WFSB reported.

In January, a warrant was issued for his arrest due to charges of felony second-degree strangulation, second-degree breach of peace, and second-degree threatening, according to the Hartford Courant.

In June, an additional warrant was issued for charges of second-degree breach of peace, second-degree threatening, and harassment.

Those warrants were all active at the time of his encounter with police.

“My son was killed like a dog and it hurts, and I want answers,” Richard said, according to the Hartford Courant. “I need answers, because my son was a good person despite his criminal background or despite what they’re gonna try to paint him and make it look like. There was no reason to kill him like that.”

You can watch bodycam footage of the officers’ altercation with the armed convicted felon in the video below. WARNING - Graphic Content:

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Bernie1959
Bernie1959

Nothing these idiots do is bad in their mother eyes, even if he took someone lives, free pay day, maybe some one should ask her what kind of mother she really was, that her good son had be in and out of jail so many times, it doesn't seen like she was a good person herself.

James Robinson
James Robinson

It always amazes me the lack of any living brain cells of criminals family's who can 7see why their useless POS family member got wasted and still think any of us care what they think.

shortandsassy
shortandsassy

His mother, while I understand she's hurting, she's also in some SERIOUS DENIAL!! This sounds like a situation where she needs some professional help to deal with her loss. The Police Officers were in the right

HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

This mother is a poor excuse of a parent who didn’t raise her son properly. Deep down She probably knew he was a piece of shit, and now the only thing he is and was good for is a nice civil lawsuit to see if the state can maybe settle outside so she can get something. Don’t spend it all in one place Mom. Instead of being humbled or ashamed of what you brought into this world, you have the nerve to try and turn it around and anyone else’s fault except your good for nothing son. Real classy.

thansley330
thansley330

Sir and Mam your son was a pos criminal and got just what he deserved a bullet. He was not a good person or son he was a career criminal.

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TheHammer
TheHammer

@Rimfire70 seemingly her definition of 'good' differs substantially from that of literate America substation

goodgentnsc
goodgentnsc

I want answers ,they shot my son like a dog lol there is no telling how many black people this man has shot down like dog's, they already have the one casing found at the seen of a drive by that matched the gun he had so he wasn't that good of a boy the police probably knew him better than his mother

Wish505
Wish505

One mom's little choir boy off the streets. Sorry I have not remorse for the wasting of the criminal.

Gramercy
Gramercy

Seems like that is the truth..either give me money...or I beg for a police-inflicted "suicide!" Geeze...how about doing something LEGAL with your life!

RetCanMilSpouse
RetCanMilSpouse

That mother and how she raised her "flawless" son are the absolute reason why he is dead today. Not teaching right from wrong and always telling him what a good boy he was instead of being a parent. Too many parents so this and it's sickening to see how messed up their offspring are.

TrueAmerican
TrueAmerican

Hey I am going to be very honest my son was in trouble a few times and then he made a big mistake and went away for 8 yrs. He was raised right but got caught up in that "life" he has turned his life around and is very successful now. Back then I would have been devastated had he been killed by police but I would have to agree with what happened because of that "life"!!!! Mother's need to stop blaming everyone and look at the kind of life they're son's/daughter's are living. Just saying

MajScallywag
MajScallywag

Mom is an ignoramus. Is it any guess that junior would turn out to be an equally big ignoramus? Glad no officers were injured. Junior is where he belongs; won’t be hurting anyone anymore. Good riddance.

bryantrent
bryantrent

His mom is now blaming the police o boy

Mrdan
Mrdan

Another ghetto lottery winner looking for a free ride from the taxpayers thanks to her misunderstood good boy

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

“My son was killed like a dog and it hurts, and I want answers,” Richard said.

Mom doesn't like the answers she was given, so she wants new answers that she likes.. She is refusing to accept that facts that her little angel was killed because he shot at the cops and then grabbed the cops gun. I'm sorry for her loss, but her son was killed because of the decisions he made, and his actions have consequences.

magnumforc
magnumforc

My son didn do nuffin...hmmm...usual story when a felon gets caught or killed. No responsibility for being a shit mother!

Ladyfluterby
Ladyfluterby

His mother stated "My son was killed like a dog and it hurts, and I want answers,” Richard said, according to the Hartford Courant. “I need answers, because my son was a good person despite his criminal background or despite what they’re gonna try to paint him and make it look like. There was no reason to kill him like that.”

Sorry Mama, you raised a son who had NO respect for anyone and had decided that he would live his life as a POS. Maybe if you had taken a hard stand with him when he was a child and provided hard discipline instead of making excuses for his behavior this wouldn't have happened.

Bulldog
Bulldog

I'm waiting for baby daddy to pop up and claimed that my boy would never do anything like that and try and get in on the ghetto Lottery as well. Time will tell but I'm glad the POS is dead and the cops are all fine I got to go home to their families because blue lives do matter

itsjustmeagain
itsjustmeagain

Lady your son was an animal and it's your fault for raising him to believe he could do anything he wanted with no consequences. If you had been a real parent he might still be alive.

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

No, Ms. Richard, you raised a violent thug!! A piece of shit waste of oxygen!! That's your answer! You should be ashamed of yourself!! Instead of dreaming of that ghetto lottery, How about all your son's victims file a lawsuit against you for your failure as a mother!! And sue you for their pain and suffering that hes caused!!! Stupid ass bitch!!!

beyondpissedoff
beyondpissedoff

And ANOTHER Breeder off the streets!! Oh, Happy Day!

unclebubby
unclebubby

Another mom saying my son dindo nuffin what a jerk the fruit doesn't fall from the tree

CinGuz
CinGuz

If your son has a criminal record then, sorry mom, he is not a good person. It all starts in the home.

Krimzin
Krimzin

@Forbidden I think your tinfoil hat needs to be reinforced. Unless you can edit real time. You take or try to take an Officers gun then you can discuss your life choices with your maker.

MarineDoc
MarineDoc

Wouldn't be refreshing, if just once the mother would say, "that POS son of mine got exactly what he deserved". "I ain't looking to win no ghetto lottery, I an so sorry this fine young Police Officer got hurt". My boy ain't never been no good".

Of course, we will not see this in our lifetimes.