Police Officer Attacked While Breaking Up Fight at Oyster Festival

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The Annual Norwalk Oyster Festival in Veteran’s Park, Norwalk

NORWALK, CT – The annual Norwalk oyster festival for the seed of multiple fights on Saturday including one where an officer was the victim of an attack by the participants.

Norwalk Police reported that on Saturday at around 9:49pm, officers working the Oyster Festival were notified of a fight between juveniles near the Kids Cove.

“Officers responded to the area and 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 males,” police reported. “One male jumped on the officer, while the second male repeatedly punched the officer in the head. As additional officers ran to assist, one male suspect fled into the crowd.”

The other male, who was identified as Ezekiel Syphrette, continued his assault on the officer, tearing the officer’s shirt in the process.

“The officer was able to bring Syphrette to the ground with the assistance of other officers. While taking Syphrette to the ground the officer’s head struck an entry gate,” the Norwalk Police Department said in a statement. “The officer was evaluated at Norwalk Hospital and suffered a head injury and fractured arm. The officer was treated and released.”

Police arrested Ezekiel Syphrette, 31 for Assault on a Police Officer, Interfering with a Police Officer, and Breach of Peace. He was placed in jail with a $100,000 bond.