A state trooper shot a man who charged at him with a knife on Route in Harwinton. The man has been pronounced dead/
A 78-year-old Torrington man is dead after a police-involved shooting on the on-ramp of Route 8 in Harwinton on Thursday. The road will be closed until at least 4 p.m. as officials investigate.
The man has been identified as Frank Escribano.
According to state police, Escribano charged at State Police Lieutenant Clayton Brown and Brown fired.
A caller contacted police to report that a man with a knife was on or along the highway.
Within seconds of the broadcast, Brown came upon Escribano, parked the vehicle to block traffic and approached the man, police said.
Brown, the commanding officer at Troop B in North Cannan, was alone, police said.
As he approached, Escribano charged at him with a knife, Lt. Paul Vance, of the state police, said.
Brown tried to retreat, but the armed man continued to charge and the trooper shot, police said.
Brown called EMS and tried to treat Escribano, who was transported to Charlotte Hungerford Hospital and pronounced dead.
Escribano's neighbors said they did not know much about him, but police had been to the home recently.
Brown will be assigned to administrative duties. He was not injured, police said.
The Litchfield County State's Attorney will be participating in the investigation.
Route 8 North in Harwinton will be closed for at least three hours between exits 43 and 44 as the investigation is conducted.
The medical examiner will perform an autopsy.