Armed assailant dead after police confrontation at Foxwoods parking garage

State Police blocking off access to Foxwoods Resort Casino after a shooting incident at a parking garage on the property (WTNH / Tina Detelj)
State Police blocking off access to Foxwoods Resort Casino after a shooting incident at a parking garage on the property (WTNH / Tina Detelj)


MASHANTUCKET, Conn. (WTNH) — It was just after noon when shots were fired in The Fox Tower garage at Foxwoods Resort Casino.

A spokesperson for the casino tells News 8, the suspect was a patron of the casino who had outstanding warrants against him. He was identified by Mashantucket Pequot Tribal police and was approached on the fourth floor of the garage.

Connecticut State Police say at least one Mashantucket Tribal Police Officer discharged at least one round from their duty weapon at the suspect. The suspect was hit and is now dead after falling from the fourth floor of the garage.

Immediately afterwards, the lobby of The Fox Tower went into lockdown.

“She thought it was surreal because people just kept going about business at the show talking whatever but they just couldn’t leave that convention area,” said Tom Thibeault of Saratoga Springs, N.Y., whose wife was in the convention center area of the hotel.

Evan Cummins, a spectator inside the casino, tweeted with News 8’s David Iversen about what’s happening inside.

While they were kept informed, workers at the Tanger outlet stores tell News 8 they were never told what was going on and they still haven’t gotten any information. After the New York-New Jersey bombings they were edge.

The situation has been contained for hours and the Foxwoods Resort remains completely open. As of 10 p.m., State Police tell News 8 the Fox Tower Garage is now completely open to incoming and exiting traffic.

In the meantime, Thibeault’s wife was stuck for hours in the valet area of the hotel.

“Initially it was scary but then it was a little frustrating. I mean I just kind of take it for what it is.  There’s been a lot of terrible things in this world and I’ve kind of… I was across the street when 911 happened so for me this is like okay there’s a lot worse things that happen you just have to be calm,” said Michelle Thibeault.

No other injuries were reported.

The scene is no longer active. State Police and Tribal Police are conducting their investigation and police say there is no public threat.

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