State police investigating untimely death in Shelton

(WTNH / Noelle Gardner)
(WTNH / Noelle Gardner)
(WTNH / Noelle Gardner)

SHELTON, Conn. (WTNH) — Shelton police and the Connecticut State Police Major Crime Squad were on the scene of an untimely death along Howe Avenue Friday.

“I went out to the car this morning and I saw there was a bunch of caution tape all around the premises,” said Alyssa Astarita.

According to state police, Shelton officers arrived at a home at 62 Howe Avenue around 6:45 a.m. to investigate a report of an untimely death. They say officers found 46-year-old Richard Briereheck, who lived in the home, dead on the second floor. Neighbors say a couple lived in the house and that they were planning to get married.

“We were good friends with them,” Astarita said. “I was thinking of them last night and hearing about this gave me the chills.”

The death is shocking to locals.

“Nothing goes on around here,” said Jim Coughlin. “This is Shelton, Connecticut.”

“It is a quiet street, I mean minus normal traffic,” Astarita said. “This kind of thing does not happen every day, you don’t wake up to cops.”

Officials say the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will conduct an autopsy to determine the cause and manner of Briereheck’s death.

State police have taken the lead in the investigation.

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