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Shooting yields conflicting stories

Sunday, October 10, 2010
Time: 1:55 PM

From Friday night's FOX-61 broadcast:

What was reported on Friday matches the News-Times article that was filed that night:
Danbury police confirmed that a state trooper shot and killed a motorist Friday night after a traffic stop on the eastbound side of Interstate 84 near Exit 5.

Police said the motorist fired first at the trooper, who returned fire and killed the driver.

State troopers assisted Danbury Police in a stolen vehicle pursuit, which turned into a foot pursuit state police spokesman Kelly Grant said.

"A life threatening situation ensued, resulting in a trooper discharging his weapon," Grant said.

Here's what's being reported today:
According to State Police, the Danbury Police Department received a report of a stolen vehicle from the Food Bag convenience store. Officers quickly located the vehicle being driven by a lone white male, and a brief pursuit ensued. The subject later fled on foot and was observed by a trooper on patrol on I-84 in the area of exit 4. The subject was subsequently shot by a trooper when he was confronted with a life-threatening situation.

State Police said their investigation showed that Voute had what appeared to be a handgun, which was observed by several officers and witnesses. At one point, the weapon was directed at the trooper, who then fired a handgun, striking Voute. They said no shots were fired by Voute. His gun will be examined by the State Police Forensic Science Lab.

Seems to be a conflict in regards to what was reported on Friday night and what's being reported today.

NOTE: I was at the police station late Friday night with other reporters from the state awaiting a press conference but I had to leave by 11PM. Don't know if the presser ever happened.


UPDATE 7:45 PM 10.10.10: WTNH has joined in highlighting the conflicting stories from this weekend.

According to an earlier published report in The News-Times of Danbury, state police were helping local police pursue a stolen vehicle and a trooper pulled the vehicle over at about 6:20 p.m. on Friday. The man allegedly fled the car, and police told The News-Times he fired a gun at the trooper. Police say the man was killed when the trooper returned fire.

The Hartford Courant also reported that a state police officer shot and killed a motorist after a routine traffic stop turned deadly. The newspaper says the motorist fired on the trooper, who returned fire Friday evening.

The trooper, who has not been identified at this time, was treated and released from Danbury Hospital for minor injuries.

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