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Suspect Nabbed After Man Found Fatally Shot In Stamford Roadway

Freddy Dontay Hicks
Freddy Dontay Hicks Photo Credit: Stamford Police Department

Police have arrested a suspect after finding a man lying in the roadway following a reported shooting.

The killing took place around 5:20 p.m., Monday, Dec. 7 in Stamford at the intersection of Henry Street at Cedar Street, police said.

When officers responded to the location they found Jeffrey Vanech, 49, of Stamford, lying in the roadway. Medical care was rendered and he was transported to Stamford Hospital where he later died from his injuries, according to Stamford Police Capt. Richard Conklin.

Stamford Police Major Crimes Unit and Crime Scene Unit investigators responded and were assisted at the scene by a Stamford Assistant State’s attorney. 

The preliminary investigation revealed that Vanech was shot while he was seated in a parked vehicle.

Investigators developed information from the initial scene investigation that led to the execution of a search and seizure warrant at 20 Cedar Street. A firearm was recovered from the search at this location. 

As a result, investigators arrested Freddy Dontay Hicks, 36, of Stamford, and charged him with:

  • Criminal possession of a firearm
  • Hindering prosecution
  • Tampering with evidence

Hicks is currently in the custody of the Stamford Police Department and held on a 500,000 bond with an additional remand to custody from the Division of Parole.

An ongoing investigation is underway. 

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