- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 14, 2014

MILFORD, Conn. (AP) - State prosecutors have cleared a state trooper in the fatal shooting of a robbery suspect at a Milford gas station in October.

Trooper James Scott shot 28-year-old Matthew Lofaro during what police say was an attempted robbery on Oct. 23.

The results of a probe by State’s Attorney Kevin Lawlor were released on Tuesday.

The report says Scott was confronted with an armed, masked assailant in a confined space and that the officer was forced to make a “split-second decision” to use deadly force to defend himself and a cashier at the gas station.

It says Lofaro was intoxicated and carried a sword.

The report says Lofaro, of Milford, was ordered to drop his weapon, but refused.

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