Connecticut State Police

Police ID Suspect Who Was Shot, Killed During Attempted Robbery in Prospect

Police have identified the suspect who was shot and killed during an attempted robbery in Prospect on Friday night.

Connecticut State Police received two 911 calls reporting an armed robbery and assault at Route 69 Auto Sales on Waterbury Road around 6:49 p.m.

According to police, two masked men armed with guns entered through the rear of the business and headed to the customer service area at the front of the business.

Officers said the two men began to physically assault several employees, including the owner of the store.

A customer who was at the business saw the assault and drew his legally registered weapon before firing rounds towards the suspects, according to police.

The masked men then ran and exited through the rear of the business.

Troopers arrived on scene and provided medical assistance to the owner and employee, who were then transported to St. Mary's Hospital in Waterbury to be treated for non life-threatening injuries.

A State Police K-9 team responded to the scene and found a 44-year-old man near the store. Police said the man, later identified as Torrance Battle, of Waterbury, sustained gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead by paramedics.

The second suspect involved has not been found.

The investigation is ongoing.

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