Foxwoods Suspect Shot by Police Fell Off 4th Floor of Parking Garage

Connecticut State police are assisting the Mashantucket Tribal Police after an officer-involved shooting at Foxwoods Resort Casino, state police said.

Police have identified the man who died as Michael Goodale, 23, of Groton.

At around 11:30 a.m., state police were asked to assist Mashantucket Tribal Police who were attempting to serve an arrest warrant, Duty Sgt. William Bohonowicz with Troop E said. 

Goodale's warrant was for violation of probation, police said on Wednesday. 

While Mashantucket Tribal Police attempted to take Goodale into custody while they were in the Foxwoods parking garage. At that time, the suspect took out a gun and he did not comply when officers asked him to drop his weapon, Bohonwicz said. 

A Mashantucket Tribal Police officer shot at Goodale, who then fell off the fourth level of the parking lot onto the pavement. The man was pronounced dead at the scene but is not clear if he was killed from the gunshot or the fall, police said. 

"The safety and well-being of our guests and employees remain Foxwoods' top priority," Foxwoods tweeted. "There is no current threat to anyone on the premises. All incoming and outgoing traffic from the Fox Tower Garage is presently restricted, but the rest of the property remains open and accessible to guests."

No other injuries were reported.

The officer has been identified as Sergeant Kevin Leach. Leach has been with the Mashantucket Tribal Police Department for three years after retiring from the Norwich Police Department.

Visitors at Foxwoods said the resort was on lockdown and police officers were blocking the exits. All reopened late on Tuesday night. 

State police said the investigation is ongoing. 

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