Lawyers: Officer who killed teen was ‘ticking time bomb’

WETHERSFIELD, Conn. (AP) — Relatives of a Connecticut man killed by a police officer last month and their lawyers are calling for the officer to be arrested, saying he was a “ticking time bomb” because of problems he had at another department.

Family members and attorneys gathered Wednesday in Wethersfield, where officer Layau Eulizier shot 18-year-old Anthony Jose Vega Cruz on April 20.

Eulizier fired at the windshield of Vega Cruz’s car when Vega Cruz drove at him after fleeing a traffic stop. A prosecutor is investigating.

Lawyers Ben Crump and Michael Jefferson criticized the officer’s actions and cited personnel records that said Eulizier had problems handling stressful situations when he was a Manchester officer from 2015 until 2018.

Eulizier’s lawyer has said the shooting was justified because the officer’s life was in danger.

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