State Police are investigating after an officer-involved shooting in Old Saybrook early Saturday morning.
According to police, the Old Saybrook Police Department was informed that a suspect wanted in several investigations was staying at the Econo Lodge motel on Boston Post Road.
Officers were able to locate the suspect, who is identified as 31-year-old Richard Love of Groton in one of the rooms and observed him in possession of a firearm. Police also heard shots coming from inside the motel room.
"It being a motel...They're priorities are the safety of themselves the safety of the other officers the safety of customers any bystanders any civilians," State Police Trooper Kelly Grant said. "And certainly the safety of the suspect."
Officers quickly secured the area and evacuated more than 60 hotel guests in surrounding rooms.
The Connecticut State Police SWAT team was called in and they entered the room where a confrontation with Love occurred.
Police said Love ignored orders by SWAT team members and pointed a gun at the officers forcing one of the officers involved to discharged his firearm.
"Troopers don't go into a situation expecting or wanting to do something like this," Grant said.
Police said first aid was provided to Love, but he was pronounced dead on scene.
According to police, Love is believed to be related to several bank robberies in southeast Connecticut and Rhode Island.
Detectives located a .45 caliber handgun, magazines loaded with ammunition, approximately 180 bundles of heroin and suspected crack cocaine and a large amount of money that wad believed to be related to the bank robberies.
There were no reported injuries to any SWAT team members.
An autopsy will be performed on the man's body to determine manner and cause of death.
Police were scene for several hours on Saturday morning. The shooting remains under investigation.
The name of SWAT team member, who shot the suspect, has not been released by police.
"I literally walked out and just herds of people walking in the door," said Laurie Ames as she watched the evacuees from her restaurant the blue crab steakhouse across the street.
Ames decided to immediately sprang into action.
"I'm like turn on the fryolater turn on the food," she said.
Ames, who had just closed, helped feed the entire group.
"Everybody was in a pretty good place and we just tried to make 'em comfortable we sang a little we did some stuff," she said.
The most amazing thing is Ames refused to charge any of the evacuees.
"It's just the right thing to do I think."
Ames stayed open until all of the evacuees left on a bus. They were put up in other local hotels around 4 a.m. In the end it was an emotional day for everyone especially the investigators who took a life.
"It is emotional it does take a toll on you," Grant said. "Nobody wants to do that."
The Connecticut State Police Emergency Service Unit Tactical Team members that fire their weapons were identified as Trooper First Class Daniel McCarthy, a 23-year veteran of the Connecticut State police and Trooper First Class Carson Konow, an 8-year veteran of the Connecticut State police.
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