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Officer Justified in Shooting Suspect in 2010, Report States

Report released by state's attorney.

A Seymour police sergeant who shot a man after that man pulled a gun on officers at a local gas station in 2010 was justified in doing so, according to a report issued Friday, the details of which were published by the Valley Independent Sentinel.

The incident occurred at the located at 1 Oxford Road on the Oxford/Seymour town line when a man told police he was upset over his divorce and that his wife had a restraining order against him, the Sentinel report states. The man, 53-year-old Agim Beqiraj, of Mrytle Beach. S.C.  shot himself in the head three times, then turned his weapon on officers during the incident on May 23, 2010, the report states.

Seymour Sgt. Stephen Prajer’s shot the man in the head; his use of force was recently deemed justified, according to a report authored by Kevin D. Lawlor, State’s Attorney for the Ansonia-Milford Judicial District, the Sentinel reports.

Read the full article here on the Sentinel's website.

Robert Williams January 16, 2012 at 01:41 PM
I'm wondering if there is a typo in this story. Seems improbable that someone could shoot themselves in the head three times and still be able to point a gun at someone else.
Anonymous January 16, 2012 at 03:04 PM
Best not to ask questions. The police might need to exonerate themselves again.
Paul Singley January 16, 2012 at 04:17 PM
No typo there. That's what the report says. I agree that it sounds very improbable - not to say that I don't believe it.
Jim January 16, 2012 at 04:42 PM
As hard as it may be to believe that he shot himself three times in the head, I think the fact he was using a .22 caliber lends some credulity to the coroner's report. I think if he were using a bigger gun he probably would not have gotten three shots off. I also think that this man, although suicidal, was also conflicted as he spoke with Naugatuck Police to tell them about his intentions and then when they called him back he gave them his location. If he was indecisive about doing it but attempted it anyway, his shot placement would have a lot to do with the outcome as well as his aim if he was nervous and probably very shaky. I think it's too bad the cops had to go through this ordeal and be a part of it.
Paul Singley January 17, 2012 at 01:02 AM
Very interesting. Sounds like his intention may have been suicide by cop, but who knows. It's very interesting that you point out the .22 caliber is a smaller gun. I know nothing about guns so that's a good point I didn't even think of. Thanks.

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