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HARTFORD, Conn. - A federal judge in Connecticut has thrown out the conviction of a man accused of trying to kill federal agents during a shootout in Bridgeport last year.

Hartford U.S. District Judge Alfred Covello said Friday that there was no sufficient evidence to prove that 55-year-old John Bell of Stratford wasn't acting in self-defense.

Members of an FBI task force were dressed in street clothes during a gambling raid in October 2007 at a gas station where Bell was working. Bell thought he was being robbed and fired at the officers, but missed. But officers shot him in the right arm and left wrist.

A jury convicted Bell of attempted murder last June. The judge threw out the conviction and ordered a new trial Friday.
Bell is free on bail.
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