Trooper shoots robbery suspect at Milford gas station

State police expect to release the name of the state trooper involved in a shooting in Milford Wednesday, and possibly the name of the alleged armed robber he shot and killed by tomorrow.

Sgt. Donna Tadiello said the suspect’s identity must be confirmed and family notified before his name can be released.

The state trooper was making a routine patrol in Milford shortly after 3 a.m. Wednesday 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 the robber 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 duckpond, 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. 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.