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Ridgefield Officer Cleared In Shooting Death Of Millionaire

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.