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Danbury Police Update On Officer Involved Shooting

Update: Officer Involved Shooting – Danbury Police Department

On Saturday, 12/29/2018, at approximately 2130 hours Danbury Police Officers, Regina Guss and Alex Relyea responded to the area of the Glen Apartments Located at 25 Memorial Drive in Danbury for a report of a suspicious male in the area.

At this time, responding officers encountered a white male exiting an apartment. This male was armed with a knife, which he presented towards the responding officers. Officers ordered this male to drop his weapon and provided him with multiple commands, which he disregarded and failed to comply with.

In an attempt to mitigate the threat, Officer Regina Guss deployed her issued Taser towards the subject, however, this Taser deployment was ineffective at controlling the subject, who again failed to comply with directives and advanced towards the two officers present at the scene.

To prevent the imminent use of deadly physical force against themselves and any members of the public, Officer Alex Relyea discharged his service pistol at the subject. The subject was struck three times. Officers were then able to secure the scene, and request that an ambulance be dispatched.

As a result of this incident, a female occupant of the apartment in question received an unintentional gunshot wound. Both this female and the male subject were treated on-scene by emergency medical services and transported to medical facilities for treatment. Despite receiving on-scene medical treatment, the male subject, then identified as Paul Arbitelle (D.O.B.10/01/73) of 124 Coalpit Hill
Road, Danbury, CT., succumbed to his injuries.

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