The South Windsor Police Department is mourning the loss of one of their officers, who was killed while off duty.
41-year-old Sergeant Matthew Mainieri died Sunday afternoon from injuries sustained in South Carolina.
“This is just the worst possible news you can imagine. We are heart broken, every single person,” said South Windsor Mayor Dr. Saud Anwar.
Officials say the 20 year veteran of the force died from head trauma after being assaulted at a bar Saturday night. Mainieri was trying to break up a fight at the time of the attack. A 21-year-old man is now in police custody. Police have identified him as Kelton Todd.
Sgt. Mainieri began working as a Community Service Officer in January 1998 and became a police officer in May of 1999. During his career, Matthew served as an Officer, Corporal and Sergeant. He served in the Traffic Division and Detective Division. He was member of the regional traffic unit (Metro Traffic Services) and was an accident reconstructionist. He was also an outstanding instructor in many areas including firearms and motorcycle instructor. He was a member of our regional emergency services team (C.R.E.S.T.) and was skilled at explosive breaching.
Black bunting was hung on the front of the South Windsor Police Department Sunday evening in honor of Mainieri.
He leaves behind a mother, sister and girlfriend. Funeral arrangements are still being planned.