Man Shot By Willimantic Police Identified

By Rachael Bentley
|  Friday, Mar 15, 2013  |  Updated 6:05 PM EDT
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Man Shot By Willimantic Police Identified

State police are investigating a fatal police-involved shooting in Willimantic.

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State Police have identified the hatchet-wielding man shot and killed by Willimantic police officers.

Police responded to an apartment building at Main and Clark streets just before 8 p.m.  Tuesday after someone reported that a man was acting in a threatening manner outside the building, according to state police.

When officers arrived, they found Daniel Johnston, 58,  with a hatchet

There was some sort of confrontation between the officers and Johnston, according to state police.  Police told Johnston to put down the hatchet, but he did not.

One Willimantic officer used a stun gun and the other shot his service weapon, according to state police.

Emergency crews brought the Johnston to Windham Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The Major Crimes Squad was been called in and an investigation will be conducted to determine whether the shooting was justified.

The two officers involved in the incident have been placed on administrative duty.

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