Officer Was Justified in Using Deadly Force in New Milford Shooting:State's Attorney

The State’s Attorney for the Judicial District of Danbury has found that the officer who shot and killed a man while responding to a disturbance call in New Milford in August 2017 was justified in using deadly force

New Milford police responded to Outlook Road around 4:50 p.m. on Aug. 28, 2017 after receiving a disturbance call and a man who came out of the residence was holding a shotgun, ignored officers' requests to talk and ran into the woods with the gun, state police said.

Police and K9 units searched the woods but the man, identified as Kostatinos (Gus) Sfaelos, came out of the woods on his own, still carrying the weapon, and approached officers, according to state police.

A New Milford officer, identified as Christopher Hayes, fired at least once and struck 62-year-old Sfaelos after he refused to drop the gun, Connecticut State Police said.

Sfaelos was taken to Danbury Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

You can read the full report here.

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