State Police seek public’s help in Route 8/25 highway ramp stabbing; Dead man identified

State Police are seeking the public’s help in getting more information about an altercation on an exit ramp of the Route 8/25 connector that apparently led to a man being stabbed to death.

The incident occurred on Thursday, Dec. 18 after 11 p.m., on the southbound Exit 5 off-ramp (Boston Avenue/North Avenue) in Bridgeport.

State Police are asking anyone who may have driven pass this scene or observed anything just prior to, or during, this altercation to contact them at 203-696-2500. All calls received will be kept in strict confidence, State Police said.

The identity of the deceased man is Bryant Kelly, 26, of Bridgeport, and a post-mortem examination conducted by the Office of the Chief State’s Medical Examiner determined the cause of Kelly’s death was a stab wound.

Two people outside their cars

On Dec. 18 at about 11:20 p.m., State Police Troop G in Bridgeport received a 9-1-1 call from a witness who stated that two people were outside their vehicles on the Route 8/25 connector’s southbound Exit 5 off-ramp, according to a State Police release.

The individuals were walking toward each other in an aggressive manner,  the caller said.

Immediately after this 9-1-1 call, troopers received another 9-1-1 call from one of the people involved in the altercation. This individual stated that he was actively involved in an altercation with another male and he requested State Police response.

Scuffle overheard on phone

A scuffle was overheard on the phone and the 9-1-1 call was then disconnected. This male caller then called State Police 9-1-1 back and stated he had retreated to the corner of Lindley Street and Capitol Avenue, a short distance from the altercation.

Bridgeport police officers and state troopers arrived at that location and secured the man and his vehicle. Troopers also arrived at the scene of the altercation on the off-ramp, where a male subject was severely injured.

Troopers provided emergency care at this scene and the male subject was transported by ambulance to St. Vincent’s Medical Center, where shortly later he was pronounced dead.

Crime scene secured

The crime scene was secured by troopers and the detectives from the State Police’s Western District Major Crime Squad arrived to conduct this investigation. The detectives documented the crime scene, securing both physical and forensic evidence.

Witnesses were interviewed and did provide some details about the incident, according to the State Police. The investigation into the case is ongoing.