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Girlfriend Sues Estate Of Ridgefield Man Killed By Police

John Valluzzo, founder and president of the Military Museum of Southern New England in Danbury, was shot and killed by Ridgefield police in his home on Ridgebury Road last year.
John Valluzzo, founder and president of the Military Museum of Southern New England in Danbury, was shot and killed by Ridgefield police in his home on Ridgebury Road last year. Photo Credit: File

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. -- The girlfriend of the man shot to death in his Ridgefield home by a police officer last year is suing his estate, according to the Ridgefield Press .

Anna Messina of Danbury filed the lawsuit June 4, saying she feared for her life as he pressed a gun against her chest during the standoff May 24, 2013, in his home at 423 Ridgebury Road, the Press reported.

Messina is seeking more than $15,000 in compensation for battery, negligence, and emotional distress, the story said.

Officers were called to Valluzzo's home last year after a 911 call reported a domestic dispute involving a gun, police have said. During the standoff, Valluzzo was shot and killed by Ridgefield Police Officer Jorge Romero, a seven-year veteran of the department, in his house after refusing to lower his weapon, police have said.

Valluzzo’s estate filed a notice of intent to sue the town in October over his death.

State Police completed an investigation into the fatal shooting on March 31, but it has not yet been released by State’s Attorney Stephen Sedensky.

Valluzzo was founder and president of the Military Museum of Southern New England in Danbury.

Read the full story about the new lawsuit here at the Ridgefield Press.