STAMFORD, Conn. — A woman who lives down the street from the 25-year-old Stamford man who was fatally shot by police Monday night said the incident was out of character for the neighborhood.
“It’s very quiet,” Stamford resident Mary Ann Lawlor said. “We have the Italian Center and the [King] school, and they’re both very, very good neighbors. We never have anything going on here.”
Dylan Pape was killed near his residence on Wedgemere Road when two Stamford Police officers fired their weapons after an hour-long negotiation with him, Stamford police said.
Pape was immediately rushed to Stamford Hospital, where he died of his injuries, police said. No further details on the incident were released by police.
Police said an autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause and manner of death.
The standoff began when members from the Stamford Police Department's SWAT Team were called to the area of 119 Wedegmere St. at about 8 p.m. Monday on a report of a disturbance, state police said.
The caller reported that a 25-year-old male resident of that home had a gun and was threatening harm, Stamford police said.
Lawlor, the neighbor, had not heard the news of the shooting until she was told by a reporter Tuesday morning. She said she saw flashing police lights through her shutters Monday night, but she didn’t hear a gunshot.
Lawlor, who has lived in Stamford since 2005, said she generally feels safe in her neighborhood and in the city.
“We always felt very safe here,” Lawlor said. “(In) Stamford, generally, we feel safe.”
On Tuesday morning, Mayor David Martin issued a statement on the shooting.
“Today is a sad day in our community,” he said. “Any loss of life, no matter the circumstance, is tragic for all involved. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family and our police officers.”
Martin said he spoke to Police Chief Jon Fontneau and Director of Public Safety Ted Jankowski about the officer-involved shooting, which is still under investigation.
The Connecticut State Police will be handling the investigation in conjunction with the State’s Attorney’s Office as required by statue statues and the city’s policy, Martin said.
Both officers have been placed on modified duty during the investigation, police officials said. Their names were not released.
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