Officials release body camera of fatal police-involved shooting of knife-wielding Ansonia man

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Officials have released the body camera footage of a fatal police-involved shooting of a knife-wielding man in Ansonia. 

The shooting happened on Jan. 2, inside of a home at 81 Myrtle St.

Danbury State’s Attorney Steve Sedensky requested that the Connecticut State Police Western District Major Crime Squad investigate the shooting and release the body camera footage to the public. 

Officers say they received a complaint from a woman that her boyfriend, later identified as 30-year-old Michael Gregory, had become physically aggressive.

The 25-minute video includes all three body-worn camera views. 

The first video is from Officer Brendon Nelson’s body-worn camera. The second video is from Officer Wojciech Podgorski’s body-worn camera. The third video is from Sgt. Christopher Flynn’s body-worn camera. 

The video shows officers kick down a door to the home where they are greeted by Gregory who pulls a large kitchen knife from a butcher's block.

Gregory is heard repeatedly telling officers "you're gonna have to shoot me." 


Officers order Gregory to drop the knife, but he refuses and locks himself inside of a room.

Officers are seen once again kicking down a door to get to Gregory who can be heard taunting them while holding the knife on the other side of the door.

Shortly after the door is knocked down, officers are seen using a stun gun on Gregory, but they say it was not effective.

Gregory is then seen walking toward officers with the knife and at least one shot is fired before officers handcuff him and take him into custody.

Gregory later died at Griffin Hospital as a result. 

Detectives from the Western District Major Crime Squad are investigating the incident. Once their investigation is completed, detectives will submit their findings to the Danbury State’s Attorney’s Office for review, officials say. 



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