State Police investigate after man fatally shot in Sprague

State Police investigate the area where a man was found with life threatening gunshot wounds in Sprague. The victim later died from his injuries. (WTNH / Tina Detelj)

SPRAGUE, Conn. (WTNH)– State Police are investigating after a man was shot and killed in Sprague on Thursday night.

Police say just before midnight, troopers responded to a disturbance at the home at 1 Bay Street, when they found a man outside the house who had sustained life threatening gunshot wounds.

The man has been identified as 31-year-old Steven Devost. Police said he lived at the home on Bay Street.

Devost was taken to Backus Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Christmas decorations fill the yard of the home where neighbors say children lived.

“It’s going to be rough when they finally know because they don’t know yet,” said Chris Watson who lives just up the road.

“With a door getting kicked down and them waiting for him to come back outside I have a feeling it’s something big,” said Watson. “Not like a drug deal or anything but something major related.”

He’s hoping security cameras captured what happened. His friend is the victim’s nephew.

“He actually was with him when he was dying. He died in his arms,” said Watson.

State police continue to investigate this shooting and say there is no danger to the public.

“It’s very shocking to hear something like that happen right down the road. It’s usually a quiet neighborhood around here,” said Jake Hamilton who lives nearby.

Sprague First Selectwoman Cathy Osten says this was an isolated incident.

It’s been a long time since something like this has happened in town. “Probably about fifty years so at least maybe longer,” said Osten.

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Crime scene tape ropes off holiday decorations where a man was fatally shot on Bay Street in Sprague (WTNH / Tina Detelj)

Detectives from the Eastern District Major Crime responded to the scene and have assumed the investigation. It is unclear if any arrests have been made or if police have any suspects at this time.

Police say the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will also determine the exact cause and manner of death.

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(WTNH / Tina Detelj)

Anyone who may have any information is urged to contact detectives at 860-896-3230 or text TIP711 with any information to 274637.

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