Stamford police chase suspect through downtown dinner crowd

mokoshviliUpdate Thursday, Aug. 28, 11:50 a.m. – The suspect whom police chased through downtown Stamford Wednesday was wanted in the murder of a taxi driver earlier in the day.

Shota Mekoshvili, a 29-year-old native of the Georgian Republic was charged Wednesday night with the murder of a Stamford cab driver after an intense manhunt and chase through downtown. Read the full story here: Intense search nets murder suspect

Original post, Aug. 27, 9:19 p.m. –

Stamford police chased a suspect through the downtown dinner crowd on Bedford Street just after 8 p.m. Wednesday, leaving restaurant patrons at the sidewalk tables wondering what was going on.

A man ran up Bedford Street from Broad Street with a uniformed police officer and what looked three plainclothes officers in pursuit, said Lauren Kirchner, who was eating dinner at Tengda on Bedford Street across from the Avon Theater.

“They ran really fast. I felt the wind,” Kirchner said.

A short time later the officers walked back past Tengda in the other direction, Kirchner said. What looked like an armored personnel carrier also drove through the area, Kirchner said.

Numerous marked police cars gathered on Forest Street at Bedford Street just after 8 p.m. as uniformed officers ran up and down Greyrock Place and into the Bedford Street parking garage.

It wasn’t known yet what the suspect was wanted for.

Christine Hall