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Prosecutor: Cop justified in museum chief's death


A Connecticut prosecutor says a Ridgefield police officer was justified in the fatal shooting last year of a Connecticut military museum chief.

Danbury State's Attorney Stephen Sedensky III issued a report Wednesday concluding that officer Jorge Romero was justified based on a reasonable belief that the use of force was necessary to defend himself and others when he shot 75-year-old John Valluzzo on May 24 at his home in Ridgefield.

The report quotes Romero saying he ordered Valluzzo repeatedly to drop his gun but he charged toward him. Romero says he was cornered and fired twice.

Sedensky says Valluzzo's gun was unloaded but the officer was reasonable to believe the gun was loaded.

 

The report also cited a 911 call from a woman in Florida, who said her cousin, Valluzzo's girlfriend, told her the man was flipping out and waiving a gun around in the house.  Janine Saviano said that there had been domestic violence in the past and that Mr. Valluzzo gets “drunk” and “nasty.”  Saviano said that Valluzzo had told the cousin to get out and that she was trespassing.  Valluzzo’s girlfriend, Anna Messina, was found by police during a sweep of the house locked in a bedroom.

Valluzzo was founder and president of the Military Museum of Southern New England in Danbury.

 

The State Police investigation included witness interviews, analysis of the physical evidence, police radio transmissions, the initial call to the Ridgefield Police Department and the applicable law

 

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