Police: Armed casino patron shot, falls from garage

Photo: WTNH
Photo: WTNH

MASHANTUCKET, Conn. (AP/WPRI) — Connecticut authorities say an armed casino patron died Tuesday after he was shot by a tribal police officer and fell from the fourth floor of a parking garage at the Foxwoods Resort Casino.

The shooting happened at around 11:30 a.m. in the Fox Tower parking garage at the Mashantucket resort.

State police say there was an outstanding arrest warrant for the patron, whom authorities haven’t named. The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal police confronted the patron in the parking garage, where police say the patron produced a weapon, and shots were fired. The patron fell to the pavement below. It was not clear whether he died as the result of the shooting or the fall.

“At this point it’s still under investigation to determine if he was indeed struck or not,” said Conn. State Police Sgt. William Bohonowicz. “The investigation will determine if he was hit by the police officer or not.”

No other injuries were reported.

In a statement on its Facebook page, Foxwoods called the incident “isolated.”

“This morning, there was an isolated incident on property in the Fox Tower Garage that was quickly contained by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Police; an investigation remains open with the State Police. The safety and well-being of our guests and employees remains Foxwoods’ top priority, and there is no current threat to anyone on the premises. All incoming and outgoing traffic from the Fox Tower Garage is presently restricted, but the rest of the property remains open and accessible to guests. We will update the public when the garage re-opens.”

Evan Cummins, a spectator inside the casino, tweeted with our David Iversen from our sister station WTNH about what was happening inside.

The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation owns and operates the casino.

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