CT man hit by car fleeing investigators jailed

A convicted felon was sentenced to more than a year in prison for illegally possessing a handgun, authorities said.

Jerrond Rogers Jr., 30, of Bridgeport was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Stephen R. Underhill to 1½ years in prison and one year of supervised release for illegal possession of a weapon.

According to court documents and statements made in court, in October 2022, law enforcement learned that Rogers, who is believed to be associated with a violent Bridgeport gang, had a firearm. On October 25, 2022, Rogers fled from investigators who had a court-authorized search warrant for his vehicle, pulled a black handgun from his waistband and ran into oncoming traffic on Maplewood Avenue, where he was struck by a car. Investigators recovered the gun, a loaded Glock 26 semi-automatic pistol, and Rogers was taken to the hospital.

Rogers' criminal history includes state felony convictions for drug sales, weapons possession and having a weapon in a motor vehicle. According to a press release from the U.S. Department of Justice, it is a violation of federal law for a person to possess a firearm or ammunition transported in interstate or foreign commerce when he or she has already been convicted of a felony.

Rogers has been in custody since his federal arrest on March 20, 2023. On January 23, 2024, he pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon.

This case was investigated by the FBI’s Bridgeport Safe Streets Task Force and the Bridgeport Police Department. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Ross Weingarten and Karen L. Peck.

This case was prosecuted under Project Safe Neighborhoods, a program that brings together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce gun violence and other violent crimes and make neighborhoods safer for everyone. For more information about Project Safe Neighborhoods, please visit www.justice.gov/psn

Stephen Underwood can be reached at [email protected]

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