New Milford police fatally shoot man following standoff
NEW MILFORD — Police fatally shot a man following a brief standoff Monday night.
Police did not immediately identify the dead man, but said they were forced to shoot him after he came at officers with a shotgun. No police officers were injured.
State Police Western District Crime Squad has taken over the investigation and a state prosecutor will be appointed from another district to review the shooting. The identities of the officers involved were not immediately released.
State Police spokeswoman Kelly Grant said around 5 p.m., police responded to a disturbance at a home on Outlook Road, a road that runs through a sparsely populated neighborhood.
“Upon arrival a male suspect exited the residence armed with a shotgun, and ran into the woods,” state police said in a statement released Tuesday.
Police established a perimeter and, after a short time, the man emerged from the woods still brandishing the gun. Grant said the man refused police orders to drop the shotgun and at least one officer fired at the man.
Police administered first aid and the man was taken to Danbury Hospital, where he later died.
Mayor David Gronbach said he went to the hospital Monday to check on the officers involved in the shooting.
“Anytime someone’s life is taken its a tragedy for everyone involved,” he said, “but I am confident the state police will do a good investigation and we await their findings.”