Brewster man ID’d as Danbury homicide victim
DANBURY — A Brewster man has been identified as the victim of Wednesday’s homicide at a condominium complex.
Jason James Lowry Hoffman, 33,was shot in the upper torso while visiting “a friend” at Sterling Woods, police said.
Emergency personnel were called at 6:07 a.m. Wednesday to respond to a man with a “gunshot wound through the chest,” according to dispatch reports.
Several people have been interviewed, Detective Lt. Mark Williams said Thursday, but the person — or persons — responsible for Hoffman’s death “have yet to be identified or charged.”
“A pistol was recovered just feet away from the crime scene, which will be analyzed to determine if it is associated with this incident,” Williams said.
Police said they have no reason to believe other members of the community are at risk, “as preliminary information indicates the incident was not a random act.”
Hoffman, referred to by friends and loved ones as “Jay,” was a 2004 Brewster High School graduate.
A former schoolmate, who asked not to be named, said she attended middle and high school with Hoffman and remembers him as “a good kid.”
“I really haven’t had much contact with him since,” she said. “But he always had a smile on his face. At least, that is how I remember him from back then.”
As an adult, Hoffman had several run-ins with the law — including in 2014, when he was found guilty of second-degree manslaughter and sale of narcotics in the December 2010 death of 39-year-old Danbury resident Donald Sturges Jr.
A Danbury police investigation found Hoffman — then 24 — injected Sturges with a fatal dose of cocaine and heroin in Sturges’s Triangle Street apartment after a night of partying with friends, according to an arrest warrant.
Hoffman was sentenced to eight years in jail — suspended after five years — with five years probation, according to court records. The state Department of Correction said he was released from their custody on Oct. 19, 2018.
The area around the two-story condo where Hoffman was shot was taped off Wednesday, and police maintained a visible presence all day.
Sterling Woods is a large, quiet townhouse community off Nabby Road in northern Danbury. The sprawling complex is a half-mile away from Stadley Rough Elementary School and one mile from Stew Leonard’s on Federal road.
Homicides are uncommon in Danbury.
The police department reports the last homicide was Aug. 5, 2017, when 18-year-old Gabriel “Gabe” Bardo was killed after being jumped while delivering $30 worth of marijuana to an old friend on Abbott Street. Four teens were charged, and two of them — Ronald Massagli and Lorenzo Santana — were sentenced to more than 10 years in prison.
The police department did not categorize the December 2018 fatal officer-involved shooting of Paul Arbitelle as a homicide in its monthly uniform crime reports.
Anyone with information related to the incident is asked to call the Danbury Police Department TIPS Line at 203-790-8477, or the Detective Bureau at 203-797-4662.