Norwalk Police Officer Fatally Shoots Himself On Blackstone Drive

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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. 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. 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.”

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Joanne Romano:

My condolences to Mrs. Cerulli, the entire family which includes his brothers and sisters of the Norwalk Police Department.

No one knows the pain and turmoil and stress one suffers in their own way.
We should say a prayer for those he has left behind that they find answers they are looking for and May Officer Ken Cerulli rest in peace by the grace of God!

BLUETEEZ1313:

Ken was a GREAT man! My condolences go out to the Cerulli family, the Norwalk Police Department, friends of Ken and our community.

OLD TIMER:

Condolences to the immediate family, and to the police dept, a very tight community, close to a family, which also mourns the loss of Officer Cerulli.
Suicides happen way to often among police officers. Dealing with the stresses of that job is more difficult than most of us will ever understand.

.jrey:

@OLD TIMER
I think it would be more appropriate to refer to a police department as a gang rather than a family. You know the thin blue line and all

Tim T:

Old timer
"Suicides happen way to often among police officers. Dealing with the stresses of that job is more difficult than most of us will ever understand."

He was a cop for less than 2 years so he had about 1 year on the road..If what you say is correct that he could not handle the job then that goes to prove what I and many others have been saying about the NPD. They seem to be hiring and retaining the wrong people.
It is very sad that anyone would be so mentally sick to commit suicide. However the larger concern should be how many others on the NPD are mentally unfit for the job and to have a gun. What if when this individual was discharging his gun it went through the wall and hit an innocent individual. Will the next one instead of turning the gun on himself turn it on another officer or worst yet a citizen.
Its time that the NPD health screen the officers for mental fitness as this is not the first time this has happened in Norwalk. We have had way to many incidents on the NPD in recent years that are very concerning to may of the taxpayers.

raine:

Tim T - Shame on you.
You really do not have any sense of empathy or compassion for another.

I pray you will not suffer the grief observed and
experienced loss
of those who loved Kenneth.
Did you know him?
That you pass judgement.
Obviously not.

Mother, Father, Wife
Sister, Brothers
Uncles, Aunts
Cousins
Nieces, Nephews
Friends;
His large, Local
Norwalk Family, who have lived here and loved him 41 years

kybrdplyr:

While I don't disagree with mental health screenings for anyone in safety oriented jobs such as the police or fire personnel and I have seen your consistently critical comments of the NPD, seemingly posted at every opportunity, I would ask that you show some sensitivity to this family and simply share condolences. Write an Op-Ed piece or your own letter to the editor: this article is about the tragic death, which you try to judge by assessing Officer Cerulli's work history, and suicide of a policeman.

Tim T:

kybrdplyr
I would suggest that you re read my post as I never assessed Officer Cerulli's work history.. it was old timer that stated ""Suicides happen way to often among police officers. Dealing with the stresses of that job is more difficult than most of us will ever understand." I simply commented on his statement. Also you say "consistently critical comments of the NPD, seemingly posted at every opportunity". The reason for this is simple as it is do to the poor performance of the NPD. As a taxpayer I am disgusted as many are in Norwalk with the out of control crime and the little to no resolution of it by the NPD.

kybrdplyr:

I did and this is what you wrote: "He was a cop for less than 2 years so he had about 1 year on the road..If what you say is correct that he could not handle the job then that goes to prove what I and many others have been saying about the NPD." Whatever your experience with the NPD, I wish for the family of Officer Cerulli, his colleagues and friends would just know that you, Tim T, are compassionate enough to say you are sorry for their loss and leave it at that. Anything else is for another time and another forum.

Tim T:

kybrdplyr
This is not an obituary it is an article..Because you have deemed to it be for condolences does not make it that.

kybrdplyr:

Read Ken P Jr's comment then please expand your thoughts to a larger place of kindness.

Ken P Jr:

No its not an obit, but its a public forum & I'd be very very surprised if his wife, kids, parents, close friends etc havent taken a look. Its not an obit no, but I doubt that the story was published so inconsiderate people could add salt to such a fresh wound.

lwitherspoon:

Agree with you 100% Old Timer. I think people fail to realize that part of being a Police Officer is that every day you deal with tragic situations and characters who the rest of us avoid at all costs. It's very easy to criticize, it's something else entirely to do this hard job every day.

Thank you Officer Cerulli for your service to Norwalk, may you rest in peace.

Ken P Jr:

My thoughts & prayers are with his wife and family.

Paige:

Amen.

kybrdplyr:

I am so sad for each and every person affected by this death (which is so many more than Officer Cerulli's immediate community. This affects us all.) I pray for peace and consolation especially to Officer Cerulli's wife and family.

Broad River:

My sincerest condolences to his wife and family

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