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Prosecutor Reviews Ridgefield Officer's Fatal Shooting Of 75-Year-Old Man

The fatal shooting occurred at this home on Ridgebury Road in Ridgefield.
The fatal shooting occurred at this home on Ridgebury Road in Ridgefield. Photo Credit: File Photo

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. -- The State Police investigation into the fatal shooting of 75-year-old Ridgefield resident John Valluzzo has been completed. But a state's attorney has yet to make a decision on whether the Ridgefield police officer who shot him was justified in his actions, according to Danbury News Times.

Danbury State's Attorney Stephen J. Sedensky III has been reviewing the findings for "a couple of weeks" and will give his decision later in the spring, according to the article.

On May 24, 2013, Valluzzo waved a handgun at police at his rural Ridgefield home after a domestic dispute was called into police, according to police reports. He was shot by an officer multiple times and died later at Danbury Hospital.

The police officer, Jorge Romero, a seven-year veteran of the department, was placed on administrative leave after the shooting death.

Valluzzo owned the 9,000-square-foot, four-bedroom home on Ridgebury Road on 3.5 acres where the shooting occurred, real estate records show. It was built in 2001.

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

The museum recently sold a World War II tank that was in storage to a private collector to help with funds since Valluzzo was the museum's main benefactor, according to the article.

Valluzzo's family stated in October that it reserves the right to sue the town of Ridgefield over his death.

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