Norwalk Police Officers Brendan Collins and Kyle Lipeika were presented with the September Officers of the Month award Monday at the Norwalk Police Commission meeting. Lt. Thomas Mattera, their commanding officer, nominated them for "their professionalism and diligent police work" in capturing a double homicide suspect Sept. 29.
That evening, Collins and Lipeika were in a marked patrol car assigned to a high visibility patrol and in possession of a Stamford Police Department wanted flier for Jason Kendrick, a suspect in a double homicide that had taken place a few days earlier in Stamford. The flier included a photograph of Kendrick, who was considered "armed and dangerous."
Lipeika, in the front passenger seat, spotted a man that both officers believed to be the suspect in a gas station parking lot at Connecticut Avenue and Ferris Avenue. Collins and Lipeika stopped the car in which Kendrick was a passenger on the Interstate 95 southbound entrance ramp from Connecticut Avenue. They identified the suspect, confirmed the three outstanding arrest warrants held by Stamford Police, directed additional responding officers and took the suspect into custody.
A loaded .38-caliber revolver was recovered from Kendrick and secured as evidence. Kendrick was turned over to Stamford Detectives and later that evening confessed to one of the homicides and the location of the murder weapon.
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