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Prosecutor: Cop justified in museum chief's death

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RIDGEFIELD, Conn. (AP) - A Connecticut prosecutor says a Ridgefield police officer was justified in the fatal shooting last year of a Connecticut military museum chief.

Danbury State's Attorney Stephen Sedensky III issued a report Wednesday concluding that officer Jorge Romero was justified based on a reasonable belief that the use of force was necessary to defend himself and others when he shot 75-year-old John Valluzzo on May 24 at his home in Ridgefield.

The report quotes Romero saying he ordered Valluzzo repeatedly to drop his gun but he charged toward him. Romero says he was cornered and fired twice.

Sedensky says Valluzzo's gun was unloaded but the officer was reasonable to believe the gun was loaded.

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

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