New Milford police release IDs in Monday police shooting
NEW MILFORD — State Police have identified those involved in a fatal police shooting last week.
Kostatinos Sfaelos, 62, was shot and killed by Officer Christopher Hayes, 33, police said.
The shooting occurred after police were called about 4:50 p.m. on Aug. 28 to quell a disturbance at Sfaelos’ home on Outlook Road, authorities said.
Sfaelos, carrying a shotgun, had run into nearby woods shortly after police arrived, said state police spokesman Kelly Grant. When he emerged from the woods shortly afterward, he disobeyed orders from police to drop the gun and was shot.
He was pronounced dead later that evening at Danbury Hospital. According to the State Medical Examiner’s Office, he died of a gunshot wound to the torso.
Hayes, who has been with the department since April 2014, was the only officer to fire a shot, authorities said. It’s not clear how many other officers were present.
Sfaelos has owned the home on Outlook Road, about a mile east of the town green, since 1997, according to property records.
Hayes graduated from Ridgefield High School in 2002. Before becoming a New Milford officer, he worked at his family’s dry-cleaning business in Ridgefield.
Officials with the police department’s personnel office said Hayes has no record of disciplinary action since joining the force, but noted his file includes several letters of thanks from members of the community.
“I always wanted to be a police officer to make a difference in the world,” Hayes said when he was sworn in.