A Milford police officer who died early Monday shot and killed himself, local officials said Monday afternoon.
“The Milford Police Department received notification from the State of Connecticut Medical Examiner’s Office regarding the cause of death in this investigation,” police said in a written statement. “It was determined that Michael Compare died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.”
“On behalf of Chief Keith L. Mello and the Milford Police Department, this day is a tragic loss for the family; friends and community Michael belonged to and so proudly served. We thank you for your kind words and support regarding Michael. Michael will be greatly missed.”
The earlier report:
Earlier today Milford police were investigating the “untimely death” of an off-duty police officer at his home early Monday morning.
Michael Compare, 36, who had been on the Milford force for three years, was found on June 22 at approximately 12:30 a.m. after the Milford Police Department received a call regarding an untimely death at 43 Naugatuck Avenue.
Compare received medical treatment at the scene and was taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead by medical personnel.
The Milford Police Department asked the Connecticut State Police to assist with the investigation.
Police said they are continuing with the investigation and will provide further details as they become available.
“This is an isolated incident and there is no immediate danger to the community,” a police statement reads.
By about 2:30 p.m. Monday, state and local police appeared to have left the scene. Earlier in the day, a crime van was parked in front of the residence and investigators could be seen entering and leaving the home.
Compare was an athlete who took part in triathlons, most notably one in 2013 in honor of a young victim of the Sandy Hook shootings.
Along with other officers, Compare assisted officers in Newtown after the shootings by covering their patrols, assisting in escorts and security details around their town. It was that assistance that made him want to take part in the sporting event in honor of Chase Kowalski, one of the young victims.
Compare had competed in several marathons, half-marathons, triathlons and completed his first Ironman triathlon in Louisville, Ky., in August 2012.
Just yesterday, on Father's Day, his Facebook posting saluted his own father for helping him succeed in many “races.”
“Happy Father's Day to a man that helped me cross many finish lines and was always there to cheer me on,” the posting states. “We have been through many 'races' together in this life, some up hill and some on nice flat roads, but I couldn't ask for a better Dad and I look forward to crossing many more 'finish lines' with you Dad.”