Ridgefield car theft shooting case continued
DANBURY — The case of the Ridgefield man accused of shooting and wounding a teenage girl during a botched car robbery outside his home three years ago has been continued to Feb. 10.
Mauro Tropeano, 35, is charged with second-degree assault, sale of illegal drugs, illegal discharge of a firearm and interfering with police Aug. 21, 2017, following an aborted car theft the night of June 5, 2017, that left a 15-year-old Waterbury girl with a bullet lodged in her back.
According to the affidavit for Tropeano’s arrest, the girl told police she had driven to Ridgefield in a stolen Kia Sorento with a group of friends with the intent of stealing cars.
While the group was attempting to drive off with a Range Rover parked in the driveway of Tropeano’s Hulda Lane home, Tropeano came out and fired three shots. One of the bullets passed through the rear of the Kia and struck her in the back, the girl told police.
She was later admitted to Waterbury Hospital, where doctors were unable to remove the bullet.
In a police interview shortly after the shooting, Tropeano denied having fired a weapon during the attempted robbery, but declined to have his hands tested for gunpowder residue.
Police found three spent shell casings that matched the caliber of a Glock handgun in Tropeano’s home, as well as seven vacuum-sealed packages of marijuana, steroids in injectable and pill form, and more than $28,000 in cash. They also seized two guns, including the Glock with a mounted flashlight.
Tropeano — who owns Stanziato’s Wood Fired Pizza in Danbury — later admitted firing the Glock that night, claiming self-defense.
He pleaded not guilty to all charges brought against him.
Tropeano’s case is heading to trial at state Superior Court in Danbury, where he is being represented by Fairfield-based attorney Eugene Riccio, according to court records.