One dead in suspicious incident in Ellington - WFSB 3 Connecticut

One dead in suspicious incident in Ellington

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Police are investigating an incident in Ellington. (WFSB) Police are investigating an incident in Ellington. (WFSB)
There's an active police investigation on Birch View Drive in Ellington. (WFSB) There's an active police investigation on Birch View Drive in Ellington. (WFSB)
Crime tape surrounds a home on Birch View Drive in Ellington. State police on scene conducting an investigation. (WFSB) Crime tape surrounds a home on Birch View Drive in Ellington. State police on scene conducting an investigation. (WFSB)
ELLINGTON, CT (WFSB) -

One person is dead and police continue to investigate a suspicious incident at an Ellington home. 

State police said a second victim was found during the investigation and later identified as Connie Dabate, 39. A man, Richard Dabate, 39 was taken to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries. 

Major Connecticut State Police presence at the home blocked off a residential area for most of Wednesday after one person was sent to the hospital.

Troopers were called to a residential alarm on Birch View Drive around 10:15 a.m. Smoke was present when troopers and first responders arrived at the scene. 

Police said one person was taken to Hartford Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. 

Troopers along with K9 teams searched the area. 

Troopers were seen going door-to-door and talking to people who live in this area. The Connecticut State Police Major Crimes van was called to assist in the investigation.

"Our detectives are here, we are getting a search warrant to go into the house to process the scene," Lt. Michael J. Thomas with the Connecticut State Police Eastern District Major Crimes Unit said.  

Wednesday was a half-day for students in Ellington.

Ellington Superintendent of Schools Scott Nicol that all bus routes were concluded even with the incident on Birchview Drive on Wednesday afternoon. 

"School administration in cooperation with police were present in the area to ensure student safety," Nicol said in an email to parents. 

Some parents told Eyewitness News they want to know why children were dropped off by the school bus, especially as this is an active investigation. 

“I wasn't even given the opportunity to pick up my kids,” said one parent, who only wanted to be identified as Kristie. “No one knew what the situation was down the road and how dangerous it could have been.” 

Nicol sent emails to parents.

“"I have been informed by police that this was an isolated incident and that there is no cause for alarm in the immediate area,” Nicol said.

Birchview drive was blocked off for the "ongoing" police investigation. The road reopened around 3 p.m. However, police are expected to be on scene through the evening hours. 

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