Police Shoot and Kill Man in Farmington

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    TK
    NBC Connecticut

    A Farmington police officer shot and killed a man after responding to a domestic dispute call late Thursday night.

    According to state police, Farmington officers responded to 3 Butternut Drive around 10:45 p.m. after a 911 caller reported a violent confrontation between a father and a son at the residence.

    When officers arrived, they found 43-year-old Gregory Bendas standing in the street, holding a gun. Police ordered Bendas to drop the gun, but he didn't listen, according to investigators.

    Bendas raised the gun at officers in a threatening manner, police said, and an officer fired at Bendas, killing him.

    According to court documents, Bendas has been convicted of assault twice since 2012.  He also suffered from mental health issues, police said.

    The Connecticut State Police Central District Major Crime Squad and the Hartford State's Attorney have taken over the shooting investigation.

    The officer who fired the shots has been placed on administrative duty, which is standard procedure after an officer-involved shooting.

    Any witnesses to the shooting or anyone with information in this case are asked to call Farmington Police at 860-675-2400.