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Family says Thomaston man killed by police had mental health issues

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An armed suspect was killed by a Thomaston officer on Sunday. (WFSB photo) An armed suspect was killed by a Thomaston officer on Sunday. (WFSB photo)
THOMASTON, CT (WFSB) -

Neighbors are remembering him as a good guy, but police said they had to kill a man who was armed and came at them with a knife on Sunday night.

CT State Police said 27-year-old Daniel Reyes of Thomaston was shot after he refused orders to stop approaching offers while being armed on High Street Extension.

Police said a call came in just after 7 p.m. on Sunday. Reyes was killed by police after they responded to what his family said should have been a routine disturbance call.

The Reyes family said Daniel Reyes had mental health issues and that call should have been treated as a cry for help.

When police arrived, police said Reyes was armed with a knife and approached them. That’s when a Thomaston officer fired a shot, striking Reyes. He died at Waterbury Hospital.

“He was well-behaved, he wasn't wild, he was here all the time,” said neighbor Marilyn Novak.

“You never know nowadays, with all the guns people have and knives, you have to be careful,” said neighbor Dennis Kowaleski.

Neighbors said Reyes lived with his mother and mainly kept to himself. His family points to an incident in New Milford just hours before, where a man shot an officer with a gun. He ended up being shot by a stun gun and they don’t know why Daniel couldn’t have had the same fate.

State police are heading up the investigation. No officers were injured.

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