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Norwalk Officers Honored For Stopping Armed Robber

Police Commissioner Fran Collier-Clemmons, Chief Tom Kulhawik, Officer Kelly Haddy, Police Commissioner Charlie Yost, Sergeant Garrett Kruger and Mayor Harry Rilling.
Police Commissioner Fran Collier-Clemmons, Chief Tom Kulhawik, Officer Kelly Haddy, Police Commissioner Charlie Yost, Sergeant Garrett Kruger and Mayor Harry Rilling. Photo Credit: Norwalk Police Department

NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalk Police Sgt. Garrett Kruger and Officer Kelly Haddy were honored this week by the Police Commission as the February Officers of the Month for their work in catching an armed robber.

Kruger and Haddy responded to an armed robbery at the Mobil gas station on North Avenue in the early hours of Feb. 5. When they arrived, a man exited the store followed by a clerk, who said the man was armed with a handgun and had just robbed the store.

Kruger and Haddy chased after the man, later identified as Jose Rodriguez, 65, of Stamford. As they yelled at him to stop, they saw him pull a handgun out of his waistband and throw it into a snowbank.

Kruger and Haddy attempted to take Rodriguez into custody, but he fought against them, according to police reports. He was eventually Tasered. The officers were able to recover the stolen items and the gun, which turned out to be a fake.

Police Chief Thomas Kulhawik praised Kruger and Haddy, saying they showed resolute bravery, decisiveness and strenuous physical action in the arrest of Rodriguez. He also thanked them for their discipline and restraint.

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