Ridgefield Officer Cleared In Shooting Death Of Founder Of Danbury Museum

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John Valluzzo, founder and president of the Military Museum of Southern New England in Danbury, was shot and killed by Ridgefield police in his home on Ridgebury Road last year.
John Valluzzo, founder and president of the Military Museum of Southern New England in Danbury, was shot and killed by Ridgefield police in his home on Ridgebury Road last year. Photo Credit: File

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. -- The Ridgefield police officer who shot and killed an armed resident in the man's home last year has been cleared of any wrongdoing, according to the NewsTimes.com.

Officer Jorge Romero, a seven-year veteran of the force, was justified in shooting John Valluzzo, according to a report released Wednesday, July 9,  to the NewsTimes.com by the state Division of Criminal Justice. 

Ridgefield police responded to a report of a domestic dispute at Valluzzo's home at 423 Ridgebury Road at about 5 p.m. May 20, 2013. When officers arrived, Valluzzo, 75, approached them with a loaded handgun. 

Valluzzo's girlfriend, Anna Messina of Danbury, is suing his estate, saying she feared for her life as he pressed a gun against her chest during the police standoff.

She is seeking more than $15,000 in compensation for battery, negligence, and emotional distress, the story said.

Valluzzo was founder and president of the Military Museum of Southern New England in Danbury.

Read the full story here at the NewsTimes.com.

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The cop should have been sent to prison. This is what happens when cops investigate cops.

Hey Rebel---Take the test, then Take the job, Put your life on the line for others working by yourself----THEN Open your Mouth !!!!!!!!

Jim E
Shut the F you Moron..
rebel is 100 percent correct.

Jim E
Shut the F you Moron..
rebel is 100 percent correct.

I served my time in the military, willing to put my life on the line.

This was a trigger-happy cop. He's a militant cop. Go look at his personal vehicle, as if he's ready to take on the world. The Ridgefield police department couldn't even come up with a single story. No, they had three. THREE! (Plus the girlfriend's original story). Unlike policemen I knew from old Ridgefield, today's cops believe they are above the law. Romero, Wooster, and Roche are all liars. Bottom line, three stories mean a cover-up.

Ridgefield Press article states the investigation finds that Romero only saw Valluzzo with a silver revolver and shot him believing it was loaded, while the last police statement to the press was that Valluzzo pointed the gun at Romero and so Romero shot him. The investigation finds that the gun was unloaded and not pointed at Romero. Romero only shot because Valluzzo supposedly didn't drop the gun when ordered. This is the fourth variation of the story. The first was that Valluzzo and the girlfriend heard someone downstairs and so he went to investigate. The second was the cops saying the incident happened outside. The third was the cops saying it happened inside when Valluzzo supposedly pointed a gun now known to be unloaded at Romero. Cops do get away with murder.