Two children were released from the hospital after being attacked by their father in their Fairfield home on Tuesday, sources told Eyewitness News.
Police were called to Mountain Laurel Road about a domestic incident around 6 a.m. after receiving a 911 call from the couple's teenage daughter.
Police said 51-year-old Christopher Andrews lunged at officers. That's when police said officer Sean Fenton shot and killed Christopher Andrews.
"Officer Fenton’s quick action in responding to this incident prevented further serious injury to family members," Fairfield Police Lt. James Perez said in a statement on Wednesday.
Christopher Andrews' wife, Kathleen Andrews, and their three children were found stabbed and beaten.
Police sources said Andrews used a baseball bat while they were still in bed.
Sources told Eyewitness News that the 15-year-old boy and 13-year-old girl were released from the hospital on Tuesday night.
The family was described as being happy by those who know them, and Andrews was a lawyer in New York and and a volunteer youth basketball coach. Eyewitness News also learned he had a brother who was killed in the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.
Investigators told Eyewitness News there were no prior reports of domestic violence.
Fairfield Superintendent of Schools David Title said the schools will provide counseling "for students and staff who have been impacted by this tragedy."
"We are providing this service to all students and faculty at the schools the children attended, as well as other schools where students or staff may have known the family and are in need of services. We are actively monitoring where these services are needed and are directing resources accordingly," Title told Eyewitness News on Wednesday.
State police are still looking for a motive. The deadly shooting remains under investigation by the Connecticut State Police and the State’s Attorney’s Office from the Stamford/Norwalk district with the Fairfield Police Department assisting in the case.
"As this investigation continues, we, the Fairfield Police Department, join the Fairfield Community in praying for the full recovering of several family members who are suffering from significant injuries. We also join and commit to working to understand and make sense of this tragic situation that we responded to," Perez said.
Following the shooting, police said Fenton was "temporarily reassigned from his patrol activities." His reassignment is Connecticut General Statute.
Fenton is a 25-year veteran of the police force. Police said he has received about 35 letters of Accommodation, one Exceptional Service Award, one Life Saving Award and one Medal of Meritorious Service Award.
A vigil will be held on Sunday night at the town hall green as a show of support for the family.
A GoFundMe page has also been set up to help the family.
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