Connecticut State Police have released the identity of the man Norwich officers shot and killed during a standoff Sunday evening.
Police said around 7 p.m. Sunday they were called to the area of 172 Laurel Hill Avenue in Norwich after getting word of a despondent man.
When officers arrived, they said they were confronted by a man, identified as Michael Dugas, 52.
Police said Dugas, who was a local handyman, refused to respond to orders and later grabbed a handgun from his pocket and pointed it at officers.
"I saw Mike all of a sudden move a bit," said neighbor Paul Johnson, who ran to the park to check on his friend. "It sounded like firecrackers shooting him, so many shots."
At that time, police were forced to open fire and hit Dugas.
"I was across the street when it happened," said witness Michael Foley. "There were 10 to 15 shots from seven cops."
Dugas was brought to a local hospital where he was later pronounced dead.
"When she died he never got over it," said neighbor Carol Duhaime, who saw Dugas daily.
Neighbors told Eyewitness News that Duga was depressed over the death of his wife and missed her terribly after she died of cancer a few years ago.
"He always thought he made a mistake. He couldn't cure her," said neighbor Karen Majeski. "So, it was his fault. He took it out on himself really hard, troubled by that. And alcohol played a factor."
After his wife's death, Duhaime said Dugas talked about committing suicide consistently.
Following the shooting, seven officers were placed on paid administrative leave. None of the officers have not been released at this time.
Neighbors told Eyewitness News that Dugas did not own a gun that they knew of.
"He took his hands out of his pockets and they all let loose," said Majeski, who added she heard about three dozen rounds go off.
However, officers told Eyewitness News that they recovered a weapon.
Neighbors added that the officers appeared distraught over the shooting.
Bullets were also found in a nearby home and Majeski's SUV.
"He was such a nice man do anything for you for anyone," she said. "He was always shoveling for everyone."
An autopsy is expected to be performed on Dugas Tuesday
Route 12 reopened around 1:30 p.m. after the police investigation.
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