Officials said that just after noon, officers responded to 81 Craigie Ave. to check on the condition of a person there.
The property owner had called police after a resident at that location reported that there was a bullet hole in between the common wall that separated the units there.
People in the neighborhood said it is a nice, quiet neighborhood except for that house. They said police of been called there multiple times. They have been there about 10 times over the last 10 years.
Officers arrived on scene at around 12:25 p.m. and determined that the man was agitated and combative. A physical struggle ensued between officers and the person inside the home.
Waterbury police said at some point during that struggle, an officer utilized deadly force.
According to police, the officer called in for assistance and the person was rendered medical aid before being pronounced dead by paramedics.
The officer is reported to be OK but taken to Waterbury Hospital for treatment.
There was a gun found by state police next to the man. It is unclear if he used it during the altercation.
In a press conference Monday, Waterbury police explained that “there were no body cameras” involved in the incident, and that the department is “researching body cameras” for future incidents.
“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
Police said that they will release identities of the person killed and the officer involved in the coming days.
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Neighbor Eileen Neves said she feared for her safety with the man shot by police. She says he owned guns and started drinking ‘again.’
“With the new people there now, I don’t know what’s going on. I know there are a lot of guns in the house, and guns and drinking don’t really mix.”– Eileen Neves, neighbor
State police’s Central District Major Crime Squad and the New Britain State’s Attorney’s Office are handling the investigation.