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State police look into whether earlier fight led to shooting of former dispatcher

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NORTH CANAAN, CT (WFSB) -

Investigators continue to look into a triple shooting in North Canaan that left a former state police dispatcher dead.

Troopers said the suspect is the victim’s own brother.

State police said they are mourning the death of 55-year-old Brian Johnson, whom they called a valued member of the police community.

They said 51-year-old Bruce Johnson of Massachusetts allegedly killed Brian Johnson at his home on Mountain View Lane on Saturday.

Investigators said he then shot 54-year-old Anthony Carrubba, who is the cousin of Brian Johnson, before turning the gun on himself.

Both Carrubba and Bruce Johnson remain in critical condition as of Monday morning.

Neighbors of Brian Johnson said they were devastated by the news.

"He was an authentic person,” said Michael Brown, a neighbor. “Authentic and kind and friendly."

Police officials said Brian Johnson was hired as a dispatcher on May 23, 1986 and retired on July 1, 2013. He was a dispatcher assigned to Troop B and retired with 27 years of state service.

State police said they continue to investigate what led to the shooting. They said there was a fight earlier in the day that may have been connected.

No charges have been filed.

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