Colchester, CT police shoot, kill man after reported disturbance

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COLCHESTER, CT — The Office of Inspector General is investigating an officer-involved shooting in Colchester that resulted in the death of a 33-year-old man after police responded to a disturbance call.

On April 18, at about 6:17 p.m., Colchester police officers Kiruluss Wassef, John Zavalick, and Bryan Kowalsky were dispatched to a residence at 759 Norwich Avenue following a report of a possible disturbance.

They encountered a second-floor tenant who alleged that landlord Jared Michael Billard had been acting erratically and left a lit grill unattended on a common deck area.

The situation escalated around 5:20 p.m. when Billard, who lived in a basement apartment, reportedly became confrontational, pushed the tenant, and displayed throwing knives.

When police arrived, they were led to the basement and attempted to communicate with Billard through a closed door.

According to the preliminary report, while speaking with Billard, the officers heard the sound of a shotgun being racked.

Billard then emerged from the door pointing the shotgun at Officer Wassef, who responded by firing a single shot that struck Billard in the upper chest.

Officers provided medical aid until Billard was transported to Backus Hospital in Norwich, where he was declared dead.

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