DMV officer found dead in Hamden on Saturday - WFSB 3 Connecticut

DMV officer found dead in Hamden on Saturday

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HAMDEN, CT (WFSB) -

Hamden Police said a Department of Motor Vehicle Sargent was found dead in Hamden on Saturday evening.

Chief of Hamden Police, Thomas Wydra confirmed to Eyewitness News that 40-year-old, Sergeant Rob "Jermaine" Tyson was found dead on Saturday at a business he recently began launching at 2155 State Street in Hamden.

Tyson was found at about 6:20 p.m.

Eyewitness News learned that Sergeant Tyson was in the process of starting an upscale barbershop and auto salon off of State Street. A retired Chief Probation Officer told Eyewitness News that he was storing his car for the winter at Sargeant Tyson's shop, and said Tyson was a nice, community minded friend who'd often 'go out of his way' for others. 

“Just real, real nice guy. Really humble, soft spoken and you know?" said friend of Tyson's, Officer Leonard Jehad.

"That’s all I can really say. He just touched everyone, a lot of phone calls today, a lot of posts on social media. But again, everything is positive.”

Eyewitness News learned that Sergeant Tyson attended the Police Academy about 10 years ago. 

The Connecticut Police and Fire Union posted on Facebook, 

“It is with heavy heart and great sadness that we share this post... Rob was a good friend, co-worker, police officer and a tremendous individual. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. While we anxiously await the results of the autopsy and police investigation, we keep Rob's family and girlfriend in our thoughts and prayers.”

Police have launched an investigation into the cause and manner of Tyson's death, and are awaiting results from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

No foul play was suspected.

Next of kin was notified, including the DMV Commissioner, said Chief Wydra.

“We are very saddened to hear about his unexpected death and our sympathies go to all of his family and friends at this time of their loss," said DMV Chief of Staff, Bill Seymour. 

Seymour told Eyewitness News the Tyson's primary duties for the DMV was as a truck inspector, who worked in the commercial vehicle safety division. 

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