Berlin High School Counselor killed during officer involved shooting in East Hartford 

Berlin High School Counselor killed during officer involved shooting in East Hartford 

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BERLIN — A local high school counselor was shot and killed by police during a domestic incident in East Hartford on Thursday night. 

Windham State’s Attorney Anne Mahoney identified John Carras as the person killed during the incident. Her office is investigating the use of deadly force.

Authorities say officers responding to the call found a man and woman involved in a fight. The officers got involved in a struggle with the man and suffered minor injuries before one opened fire.

Police say the woman suffered life-threatening injuries and was receiving treatment at a local hospital.

Superintendent of Schools Brian Benigni confirmed Friday that Carras was a school psychologist at the high school for 11 years. 

“He was a very good employee,” Benigni said. “Always professional.”

Carras counseled students and conducted evaluations. Benigni sent a note to parents and staff regarding his death. 

“Our school crisis team met this morning to coordinate support for students, faculty and staff,” he said.

Benigni said he also requested services from Meriden Public Schools.

“Take time to listen to and talk to your child about what has happened,” he said in the note.

The investigation into the incident is being assisted by the state police Eastern District Major Crime Squad, Mahoney said in a statement. The officers involved and their vehicles were not equipped with body or cruiser cameras, and therefore there is no video recordings to be released.

“We extend our condolences to the victims of this tragic incident and their loved ones,” Mahoney said in the statement. 

East Hartford police declined to comment, directing any questions to Mahoney’s office. 

Information from the Associated Press was used in this article.
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