ANSONIA - Police shot and killed a man Thursday night in a home that’s on the same Ansonia street where they found 43-year-old Christine Holloway murdered in early December. However, police say these cases are not connected.
Police were called to a home on Myrtle Ave. just after 7:30 p.m. Thursday when a woman walked into PD and said her boyfriend, who she has a protective order against, came to her apartment and got physically aggressive with her.
Officers entered the first floor residence in an attempt to arrest the man for violating a protective order, but he was brandishing a knife, according to Ansonia Police Chief Andrew Cota.
“The officers continued to try to get the male to comply with the orders to drop the knife,” said Cota.
And when he refused to do so, police deployed a taser, which they say had no effect as the mail was coming toward them with the knife.
“Officers made every attempt to create distance between themselves and the unwanted male,” Cota continued. “An officer on scene then discharged at least one round from his firearm, striking the male.”
The male was later pronounced dead at Griffin Hospital in Derby.
The male has been identified as Michael Gregory, 30, of Ansonia after a January 3rd autopsy conducted by the State of Connecticut's Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Farmington.
“I cannot believe this,” said Netzatin Resit, the owner of Santini’s Pizza Place, located in the heart of the neighborhood.
“I’m scared to death,” said Barbara Alcutt, a longtime resident of Myrtle Ave.
“This is my old stomping grounds as a kid,” said Mayor David Cassetti (R-Ansonia) as he canvassed the neighborhood trying to assure residents these incidents are isolated.
“David, it doesn’t matter if it’s isolated or not,” Alcutt said to to the Mayor, on her porch.
“I know,” he replied.
“If it was near your family. I’ve known you since you were a little boy,” Alcutt said.
“And this has been my neighborhood to since I’ve been a little boy,” said Cassetti.
The owner of the three family home, where the fatal officer involved shooting took place, tells FOX61 a bullet hole, in a first floor window, along the driveway side of the house, was not there yesterday.
The Connecticut State Police have taken control of the investigation, as they do with any officer involved shooting.
Among the items they will review: body camera footage from the three officers that responded to this residence.