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Norwalk police officer assaulted at Oyster Festival Saturday

Police said the officer was assaulted by two suspects and suffered an arm fracture and head injury.
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Norwalk Police officers patrol the Oyster Festival Sunday.

NORWALK, Conn. — A Norwalk police officer was injured after being assaulted by two suspects Saturday at the Oyster Festival. One man was arrested and the other suspect ran from the scene. 

The incident happened around 9:50 p.m. Saturday evening when officers responded to reports of a fight near the Kids Cove at Veteran's Memorial Park, according to police. 

When officers arrived, they broke up two separate fights. While escorting one of the juveniles that had been fighting out to Seaview Avenue, an officer was attacked by two men. Police say the two are not believed to be related to the incidents. According to police, one man jumped on the officer, while the second man repeatedly punched the officer in the head.

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As additional officers ran to assist, one of the suspects fled into the crowd. The other suspect, who police identified as Ezekiel Syphrette, 31, of Norwalk, continued assaulting the officer, tearing the officer’s shirt in the process, according to police. 

The officer was able to get Syphrette to the ground with the assistance of other officers said police. While taking Syphrette to the ground the officer’s head struck an entry gate.

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The officer was evaluated at Norwalk Hospital and suffered a head injury and fractured arm, according to police. The officer was treated and released.

Fairgoer Jennifer Milano said it's an unfortunate situation.

"They’re just trying to protect people and I think it’s uncalled for," the Trumbull mother said. "Norwalk is my hometown so you feel like you should be safe anywhere but I think I am definitely the year over year a little more cautious."

Syphrette, was later charged with Assault on a Police Officer, Interfering with a Police Officer and Breach of Peace. He was held on $100,000 bond.

This remains an ongoing investigation and anyone with any information regarding the second male suspect is asked to contact us at 203-854-3051. Anonymous tips can be left.

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