HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Police officers' actions were justified in the shooting death of a Hartford man, a Connecticut prosecutor said in a report released Friday.

The death of Kyron Sands was a “tragedy," but “in the situation presented, however, the officer's actions in firing upon Mr. Sands were justified," Michael Gailor, state's attorney for the Middlesex Judicial District, wrote in his report.

Gailor also said in the report that the Division of Criminal Justice will take no further action.

Barbara Sands, Kyron's mother, declined to comment.

Local and state police were involved in a chase with Sands in February 2019 that started in Norwich, continued through several cities and ended in a car crash along Route 32. Sands fled and was later shot and killed in Willimantic. No officers or civilians were injured.

In the report, Gailor said Sands, 39, shot at police and stole several cars along the way while being chased by police.

Police used a tire-deflation device to stop the vehicle and it crashed into a tree. According to the report, the car was traveling around 94 mph for five seconds before it struck a tree. He ran after the crash and shot at police; when police returned fire, he was struck at least once in the abdomen.

He died at a hospital, and the report stated that an autopsy showed seven gunshot wounds.


This story has been corrected to show the February 2019 car crash ended on Route 32, not Interstate 395.

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