Officer Justified in Shooting at Stabbing Suspect: Official - NBC Connecticut

Officer Justified in Shooting at Stabbing Suspect: Official



    Norwich Suspect Dead After Exchanging Gunfire With Police

    The suspect in an attempted murder and home invasion over the weekend is dead after exchanging gunfire with officers and Connecticut State Police said their detectives are investigating the police-involved shooting. (Published Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017)

    A Connecticut prosecutor has ruled that a Norwich police officer was justified in shooting at a stabbing suspect who opened fire on the officer before killing himself

    Windham State's Attorney Anne Mahoney released her decision Friday, saying Officer Damien Martin's use of deadly force was appropriate because he feared for his life when suspect Brandon Uzialko shot at him. 

    The shootout on Oct. 24, 2017, occurred as police were looking for the 25-year-old Uzialko in connection with the stabbing of his ex-girlfriend's new boyfriend, who survived. 

    Authorities said Martin shot Uzialko in the left shoulder area during the gunfire exchange. Police said Uzialko then fled and later shot himself in the head. 

    The medical examiner ruled that Uzialko died from the self-inflicted gunshot wound.

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