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Police identify Fairfield man killed in officer-involved shooting

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A father was killed in an officer-involved shooting in Fairfield. (WFSB photo) A father was killed in an officer-involved shooting in Fairfield. (WFSB photo)

A Fairfield man was killed Tuesday morning and his family was hospitalized following a domestic incident in Fairfield.

Police said an officer was forced to open fire on a father at a home at Mountain Laurel Road Tuesday.

The road remained blocked off as of 2:30 p.m., and officials said it will stay closed to traffic through the evening.

Police said it began as a 911 call from a young female about a domestic incident around 6 a.m.

Inside the home on Mountain Laurel Road, the victims suffered from a baseball bat attack and stab-like wounds, according to investigators.

Police believe the man, identified as 51-year-old Christopher Andrews attacked his wife, Kathleen Andrews, and children.

Three children, ages 12, 13 and 15, along with their mother, were taken to the hospital with injuries. The youngest child had to be air-lifted to Yale-New Haven Hospital.

Police said it ended after Christopher Andrews was shot by an officer near a black SUV outside.

They said the officer approached Andrews, and when he wouldn't listen to commands, the officer opened fire. Andrews was also in possession of a weapon at that time.

"We actually came to the home and one of our officers was immediately confronted by an individual who would not comply with any demands to stay where he was," said Lt. James Perez, Fairfield police. "That individual made a lunge at our officer, our officer in self-defense, fired."

Christopher Andrews later died of his injuries, at Bridgeport Hospital.

Police said there was no threat to the public.

Steve Bogan, who is a friend of the family, said he couldn't believe the news on Tuesday morning.

"It's unbelievable, hard to believe. It's impossible to believe. They're very nice people, kids are great," Bogan said. "I was just with him a couple of days ago and they were as happy as could be."

Bogan said the family rented the home for years.

"There is no history at this home with this family. We do look into it and so far, have found no history. But you don't have to have a history for an incident like this to happen," Perez added.

Eyewitness News was told the officer involved has more than 10 years of experience on the police force.

State police said detectives from the Western District Major Crime department are assisting with the investigation.

Investigators said they are awaiting a search warrant before they enter the home.

No other details were released.

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