CT State Police identify victim, officer in fatal officer-involved shooting in Waterbury


WATERBURY, Conn. (WTNH) — Connecticut State Police are continuing their investigation of a fatal officer-involved shooting that happened in Waterbury on Monday. Tuesday, CSP released the identity of both the victim and the officer involved in the incident.

CSP has identified the victim as Edward Gendron, 57, of Waterbury.

The officer involved in the incident is Officer Ronald W. Tompkins III, who has been a member of the Waterbury Police Department for 30 years.

Police tell us Tompkins was hurt and Gendron was shot and killed after a fight.

CSP say there will not be body camera footage of this incident because they don’t have them at the Waterbury PD.

There was the large police presence Monday on Craigie Avenue after police say around 12:30 p.m. They came out to a home while they were checking out a report of a bullet going through a common wall of two homes.

Police say when they went to speak to the man who lived next door, he was belligerent and came at them. There was a struggle, an officer was hurt and police shot and killed the man.

Officers tell us a gun was found on the scene. Neighbors and police tell us they’ve responded to the home at least ten times in the past.

“Very saddened by this incident, sad we have to report it, saddened that the community has to go through this, and we’re feeling sorry for the family of the deceased,” Chief Fernando Spagnolo, Waterbury PD.

Tompkins was taken to the hospital after the struggle. He was hurt, but is physically fine.

State police are heading up the investigation. Once again there will not be any body camera footage of the incident.

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