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Family of New Milford police shooting victim thank cop for committing suicide

May 29, 2013 2:51:12 PM PDT
The mother of a man killed in 1998 by a New Milford police officer says she's pleased the man who shot her son has committed suicide.

Forty-one-year-old Scott Smith was found dead in a bedroom of his Danbury home last week of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Smith received probation after pleading no contest in 2004 to a misdemeanor negligent homicide charge in the death of 19-year-old Franklyn Reid, who was shot after a foot chase.

Reid's mother, Pearlylyn Reid, tells the News Times of Danbury Tuesday that she feels the suicide was justice.

The paper quotes her as saying, "Scott Smith, thank you very much for committing suicide. What took you so long?"

A wrongful death suit filed by the Reid family against New Milford resulted in a $1.6 million settlement.


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