despp: State Police Investigate Farmington Police Shooting

{Connecticut State Police Patch}  
Department of Emergency Services &
Public Protection
Connecticut State Police
Public Information Office
1111 Country Club Road
Middletown, Connecticut 06457
Reuben Bradford
Colonel Danny R. Stebbins
Deputy Commissioner
Division of State Police
December 13, 2013



   On 12/12/13, at approximately 10:43 p.m., Farmington Police responded to a 911 call reporting a violent father son domestic disturbance at a private home located on 3 Butternut Drive in Farmington. 

   Upon arrival, Farmington Officers confronted an adult male who was standing in the street near the residence holding a handgun in his hand.  The Farmington officers confronted the male subject and instructed him numerous times to disarm and drop the weapon.  The adult male refused and he raised the weapon in a threatening manner toward the officers forcing one Farmington Officer to discharge his service weapon at the subject.

   The male subject suffered gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead at the scene.   

   The shooting scene was secured and, at the request of the Hartford State’s Attorney and Farmington Police Chief Paul Melanson, the Connecticut State Police Central District Major Crime Squad Detectives were requested to conduct the use of force investigation into this police shooting incident.

   State Police Detectives responded and interviewed witnesses, processed the scene, and gathered physical forensic evidence.  In addition appropriate searches were conducted pursuant to this case.

   A post mortem examination of the deceased will be conducted by the Office of the Chief State’s Medical Examiner to determine the manner and cause of death. 

   The deceased is identified as Gregory Bendas, DOB: 9/7/70, of 3 Butternut Drive, Farmington.

   The Farmington Police Officers were not injured. As is Farmington Department Police policy, the Farmington Police Officer involved in this shooting will be temporarily assigned to administrative duty.  His identity is being withheld at this time to allow for proper notifications.

   State Police Detectives are continuing this investigation and are asking anyone who may have any information or may have witnessed to shooting incident on Butternut Drive to please contact State Police Major Crime Detectives at (860) 685-8190.  All calls will be kept confidential.



LT. J. Paul Vance

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