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The Division of Criminal Justice is responsible for the investigation and prosecution of all criminal matters in the State of Connecticut.


Tolland State's Attorney Issues Report on Police-Involved Shooting in Hartford

Matthew C. Gedansky, State’s Attorney for the Judicial District of Hartford, today released his independent report concerning the use of deadly physical force by Hartford police resulting in the death of a Hartford man in July 2019.

The report on the death of Alphonso Zaporta on July 26, 2019, was made available to Mr. Zaporta’s family and to the Hartford Police Department. The report is available to the public on the Division of Criminal Justice website at

“I again extend my condolences to Mr. Zaporta’s family on the tragic loss of their loved one,” State’s Attorney Gedansky said. “I also wish to thank the Connecticut State Police, the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection Forensic Science Laboratory and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for their exhaustive work on this matter.”

The report concludes that based on the extensive evidence gathered, including police body camera and other audio and video evidence, the use of force resulting in Mr. Zaporta’s death was justified under Connecticut state law to protect “officers and civilians in the immediate area from the use of imminent physical force.”