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Norwalk Police Officer Fatally Shoots Himself On Blackstone Drive

Norwalk police cruisers block Blackstone Drive on Tuesday night where Officer Kenneth Cerulli fatally shot himself.
Norwalk police cruisers block Blackstone Drive on Tuesday night where Officer Kenneth Cerulli fatally shot himself. Photo Credit: Alfred Branch
Police Officer Kenneth Cerulli fatally shot himself Tuesday night in his home on Blackstone Drive in Norwalk, police said.
Police Officer Kenneth Cerulli fatally shot himself Tuesday night in his home on Blackstone Drive in Norwalk, police said. Photo Credit: Alfred Branch
Officer Kenneth Cerulli, second from the right next to Norwalk Mayor Richard Moccia, was one of six officers hired in February 2011.
Officer Kenneth Cerulli, second from the right next to Norwalk Mayor Richard Moccia, was one of six officers hired in February 2011. Photo Credit: Norwalk Police Department

NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalk police Officer Kenneth Cerulli, a member of the force for two years, died of what police called a self-inflicted gunshot Tuesday night in his home on Blackstone Drive in East Norwalk.

Specific details of the incident had not been released as of 9:55 p.m. Tuesday, but Police Chief Thomas Kulhawik said in a statement that Cerulli’s body was found at about 6:15 p.m. in his single-family home at Blackstone Drive and Sylvester Court.

Cerulli, 41, is survived by his wife, Jennifer. He was hired Feb. 7, 2011.

“There is no evidence of foul play,” Kulhawik said in a statement, adding that the department is “extremely saddened” by Cerulli’s untimely death. “Detectives are conducting a thorough investigation. No further information will be released concerning the manner and cause of death at this time.”

The street was blocked off by police cruisers at all access points, and investigators were expected to be at the scene throughout the night, according to police. Kulhawik was expected to release more information Wednesday morning.

A Norwalk police chaplain arrived at about 9 p.m.

“We are saddened to lose a member of our family so suddenly and tragically,” said Kulhawik. “We offer our deepest condolences to his wife and family. We ask that the privacy of the family be respected at this very difficult time.”