Police identify officers involved in fatal Danbury shooting

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Danbury police have identified the officers involved in the shooting death of a man last month. 

Police say at 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 29th, Danbury Officers Regina Guss and Alex Relyea responded to the area of the Glen Apartments, at 25 Memorial Drive, for a report of a suspicious man in the area.

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At that time, the officers allegedly encountered 45-year-old Paul Arbitelle exiting an apartment. He was armed with a knife that he presented towards the responding officers. 

The officers then ordered Arbitelle to drop the knife multiple times, according to police.

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However, Arbitelle did not comply with these commands and as an attempt to mitigate the threat, Officer Guss deployed her Taser toward Arbitelle. 

The Taser was ineffective in controlling Arbitelle, who again did not comply with the officers’ commands and continued to advance towards them at the scene. 

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Police say ” to prevent the imminent use of deadly physical force against themselves and any members of the public,” Officer Relyea discharged his gun and struck Arbitelle three times. 

The officers then secured the scene and called for an ambulance. 

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As a result of this, a woman inside of the apartment in question, Arbitelle’s mother, also received an unintentional gunshot wound. 

Both Arbitelle and the woman were treated on scene before being taken to the hospital for treatment. 

Arbitelle later died from his injuries. 

The incident remains under investigation. 

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