State Police identify trooper killed in the line of duty on I-84 in Southington – NBC Connecticut

A Connecticut State Trooper was killed on I-84 in Southington Thursday afternoon, according to multiple sources close to the investigation.

Trooper First Class Aaron Pelletier was conducting a traffic stop on I-84 East near Exit 31 just after 2:30 p.m. when he was struck by a vehicle and killed, according to state police.

The driver who struck Officer Pelletier fled the scene, state police said. The driver was taken into custody shortly after.

TFC Pelletier was a 9-year veteran of the Connecticut State Police.

“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 in a statement.

The highway remained closed Thursday evening and state police are asking anyone driving in the area to find an alternate route.

It is unclear how long the highway will be closed.

Governor. Ned Lamont ordered flags to be flown at half-mast to honor TFC Pelletier.

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