UPDATE: A prayer service will be held on Monday, Oct. 28 at 11 a.m. at Cody-White Funeral Home with the Rev. Edward Rawls officiating. Interment will follow at King’s Highway Cemetery. Friends and family may call on Sunday, Oct. 27 from 2 to 4:30 p.m. with a Sharing of Memories at 4 p.m. at the Cody-White Funeral Home, 107 Broad Street.
Friends on Facebook were mourning the death of a Milford man shot to death this week while he allegedly was robbing a local gas station.
“I have no words right now,” one friend posted about the alleged robber, Matthew S. Lofaro, 28, of 15 Berkeley Terrace. “I just talked to you at the beginning of the week. You were an awesome friend and a great guy to work with. I’m going to miss you very much. I just don’t understand why…”
Trooper First Class James Scott, a 15-year-veteran of the Connecticut State Police, shot Lofaro Wednesday at about 3 a.m. when he came upon him at the Patriot Fuels gas station on the Boston Post Road, reportedly armed to commit a robbery.
Scott was making a routine patrol in Milford when he stopped at the Patriot Fuels gas station, according to state police.
The trooper was inside the food store at the gas station when Lofaro entered. Police believe the only other person in the store at the time was the clerk, although they would not confirm that until details of an investigation are complete.
“The trooper confronted the armed suspect and gave him directives, but the suspect failed to comply with those directives and the trooper shot him,” state police said in a prepared release.
The suspect ran out of the store after being shot, but succumbed to his wounds after fleeing only a short distance, Tadiello said. The alleged robber was pronounced dead on the scene.
The state trooper was able to radio for assistance as the event was happening, and Milford police officers and troopers from the area immediately responded to the scene, police said.
The clerk inside the store during the incident was unharmed.
The trooper was transported to an area hospital for an evaluation of minor injuries.
Patriot Fuels is at the corner of the Boston Post Road and West River Street, not far from the Parkway entrance. The gas station also is close to the Milford’s quiet North Street duck pond, which is surrounded by some of the city’s historic homes.
The Connecticut State Police Eastern District Major Crime Unit is investigating the incident, led by the Ansonia-Milford office of the State’s Attorney and assisted by the Milford Police Department.
Yellow tape blocked off the area most of the day on Wednesday. Local police started taking it down just before 2:30 p.m., though the gas station and store appeared to remain closed.
Tadiello said a weapon that the suspect is believed to have been using was found at the scene. She could not comment on what the suspect was wearing or where on his body he was shot.
The body of the deceased suspect was taken to the state medical examiner’s office.
A post mortem examination of the deceased was commenced by the Office of the Chief State’s Medical Examiner. The determination of the cause of death remains pending until completion of the examination.
Per department policy, Trooper Scott is being assigned to departmental administrative duty pending a review of the incident.
As news trickled out during the week, other Facebook friends posted comments about Lofaro, one saying that he had just gotten a new job and questioning what could have possibly happened.
“I don’t think we’ll make sense of it,” one friend posted.
“It’s a shame,” another said. “I’m still in shock. It’s such a sad story.”