Suspect in Robbery, Trooper Shooting Died of Gunshot Wounds

By Bob Connors and LeAnne Gendreau
|  Wednesday, Apr 10, 2013  |  Updated 2:24 PM EDT
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Suspect in Robbery, Trooper Shooting Died of Gunshot Wounds

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Police block off Route 153 in Westbrook on Monday after a trooper was wounded in a shootout with two robbery suspects. The trooper has been identified as Det. Scott Wisner. He is recovering from non-life threatening injuries.

The man killed as police were trying to apprehend suspects in an armed robbery in Westbrook on April 8 died of gunshot wounds, according to a news release from state police.

Police have identified the man as Jonathan Alvarado, 24, of Deep River, and said he was one of two suspects in the robbery and shootout with police.

The incident began when Old Saybrook police responded to an armed robbery at the Days Inn at 1430 Boston Post Road around 3 p.m. on Monday.  

Alvarado and another suspect fled the scene and led officers on a chase, police said.

State  troopers joined the pursuit up Route 153 and and the suspects' vehicle collided with the trooper's cruiser on the Westbrook town line with Essex, according to police.

The suspects then exchanged gunfire with Det. Scott Wisner, a 21-year-old veteran of the department, and Sgt. Keith Graham, a 14-year-veteran of the force, police said.

Wisner suffered gunshot wounds to the shoulder and was taken to the Shoreline Medical Clinic in Westbrook. He was released from the hospital on Tuesday and is recovering at home.

The two suspects were also transported to the clinic, where Alvarado died. The Office of the Chief State's Medical Examiner determined the cause of death was gunshot wounds.

The second suspect was transported by LifeStar helicopter to Hartford Hospital for treatment of severe injuries. He remains under 24-hour state police guard and the investigation continues.

Sgt. Graham was assigned to administrative duties pending the investigation into the shooting, which is standard procedure after a police-involved shooting.

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