Connecticut State Police trooper killed on Interstate 84 in Southington

SOUTHINGTON, CONN. (WTNH) — A Connecticut State Trooper was killed in a hit-and-run on Interstate 84 in Southington Thursday afternoon, according to Connecticut State Police.

Trooper First Class Aaron Pelletier, a nine-year veteran of the Connecticut State Police, was at a traffic stop around 2:30 p.m. just before Exit 31 when he was struck outside from his car by a passing vehicle, state police said.

Pelletier suffered fatal injuries and was clearly dead at the scene.

“TFC Pelletier served the citizens of the State of Connecticut with an unwavering sense of dedication, pride and professionalism, and his sacrifice will never be forgotten,” state police said.

The driver was found a short time later and is in custody, according to state police.

Governor. Ned Lamont (D-Connecticut) ordered that the United States and Connecticut state flags be flown at half-staff until the burial date, which has not yet been determined.

“I am devastated to learn of the loss of Private First Class Aaron Pelletier, who was killed today in the line of duty while serving the people of Connecticut,” Lamont said. “This is a tragic reminder of the dangers law enforcement officers face every day when they leave their homes to go to work. Trooper Pelletier served Connecticut with honor, integrity and commitment, and he embodies the definition of public service. His courage and bravery will never be forgotten. On behalf of the State of Connecticut, my condolences and prayers go out to his family, friends and brothers and sisters in the Connecticut State Police. I ask the people of Connecticut to keep Private Pelletier in their prayers.

State police will hold a news conference Thursday at 9 p.m. News 8 will broadcast it live online.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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