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Death Of Stamford Man In Officer-Inolved Shooting Called A Suicide

Dylan Pape Photo Credit: Facebook
A Stamford police cruiser blocked Wedgemere Street Tuesday afternoon, where a 25-year-old man was shot by police. Photo Credit: Jay Polansky
A Stamford police cruiser blocked Wedgemere Street Tuesday afternoon, where a 25-year-old man was shot by police. Photo Credit: Jay Polansky

STAMFORD, Conn. — The shooting death of a 25-year-old Stamford man in a quiet Stamford neighborhood Monday night has been ruled a suicide, the State Medical Examiner’s Office told the Stamford Advocate on Tuesday evening.

Dylan Pape died of a gunshot wound to his abdomen , the Advocate reported. Earlier Tuesday, Stamford police said an autopsy would be conducted by the medical examiner's office to determine the cause and manner of his death.

State Police spokesman Kelly Grant would not confirm the finding Tuesday evening, saying only that State Police "are actively investigating this incident."

Stamford police were called to the area of 119 Wedegmere Road at about 8 p.m. Monday on a report of a disturbance. A man there "had a gun and was threatening harm," Stamford police said. After an hour-long negotiation with Pape, two members of the SWAT team fired their weapons at him, Stamford police said earlier Tuesday.

Pape was immediately rushed to Stamford Hospital, where he died of his injuries, police said.

The Advocate reported that Pape's weapon was not a real gun.

Pape was a student at Norwalk community college student and a cancer survivor who aspired to be a nurse, according to the website for The Susan Fund , which gives scholarships to cancer survivors. "Dylan would like to give back to the hospitals and the medical field which helped him during the course of his illness," the website says.

Wedegmere Road runs through a quiet residential neighborhood, neighbor Mary Ann Lawlor said.

“It’s very quiet,” Lawlor said. “We have the Italian Center and the [King] school, and they’re both very, very good neighbors. We never have anything going on here.”

Lawlor, the neighbor, had not heard the news of the shooting until she was told by a reporter Tuesday morning. She said she saw flashing police lights through her shutters Monday night, but she didn’t hear a gunshot.

Lawlor, who has lived in Stamford since 2005, said she generally feels safe in her neighborhood and in the city.

“We always felt very safe here,” Lawlor said. “[In] Stamford, generally, we feel safe.”

The Connecticut State Police is handling the investigation in conjunction with the State’s Attorney’s Office as required by statue statues and the city’s policy.

Both officers have been placed on modified duty during the investigation, police officials said. Their names were not released.

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