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Police: Man Shot, Killed In Ridgefield Was Founder Of Danbury Museum

John Valluzzo, founder and president of the Military Museum of Southern New England in Danbury, was shot and killed by Ridgefield police Friday.
John Valluzzo, founder and president of the Military Museum of Southern New England in Danbury, was shot and killed by Ridgefield police Friday. Photo Credit: Google streetview

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. -- The man fatally shot by a Ridgefield police officer late Friday afternoon was museum founder John Valluzzo, Connecticut State Police said Sunday.

Valluzzo, 75, was the founder and president of the Military Museum of Southern New England in Danbury.

Ridgefield police, responding to a call of a domestic dispute at about 5 p.m. Friday at 423 Ridgebury Road, saw Valluzzo with a handgun in the yard of the rural home near the New York border, state police said.

Officers ordered him to put down his weapon, state police said. Valluzzo refused to comply, raised the gun toward the officers and was shot by a Ridgefield officer, state police said.

Valluzzo was declared dead later at Danbury Hospital, state police said. An autopsy was to be performed Tuesday by the state medical examiner.

Valluzzo owned the 9,000-square-foot, four-bedroom home on 3.5 acres where the shooting occurred, real estate records show. It was built in 2001.

Police did not identify the officer involved.

To read more about the Friday shooting, see this story by The Daily Voice.