On Tuesday morning, police officers were forced to shoot and kill a Connecticut man after he viciously attacked his wife and three children inside their home before confronting the responding officers in the driveway.
Fairfield Police Chief Gary MacNamara said that at approximately 6 a.m. this morning, officers responded to a call about a domestic violence incident at a home along Mountain Laurel Road in Fairfield, Connecticut. The home belonged to 51-year-old Manhattan lawyer Christopher Andrews and his wife Kathleen, where they lived with their three children, two boys and one girl. Reports are that Andrews became unexpectedly violent and attacked his entire family.
Christopher Andrews reportedly began his brutal assault with his wife, Kathleen, and inflicted several severe stabs and blunt force wounds to her face. Andrews then attacked his 12-year-old son, delivering injuries to his face. He also struck his daughter, 13, and also began swinging at his eldest child, a 15-year-old boy, with a baseball bat. The daughter was able to flee the house and call 911 from a neighbor’s house while the oldest boy managed to wrestle the bat away from his father and avoid further injuries.
The arrival of the police at the scene of the violent attacks seemed to do very little in the way of calming the man who had just attacked his family, and the lawyer ignored the officers’ warnings to back down. The New York Post states that according to their sources, Andrews advanced towards the officers, armed with a knife in his hands, and was subsequently shot and killed by one of the officers. Fairfield police spokesman Lt. James Perez corroborated the officers’ telling of the events that happened Tuesday morning.
“Two officers were dispatched to the home and one arrived first. The man advanced on our officer and refused repeated orders to stop. That individual lunged at our officer, and our officer in self-defense fired at him.”
The officers found Kathleen and the youngest child inside the home suffering from their wounds. Both have been listed as being in critical condition now. The family was split up in order to get their medical needs met, with Kathleen Andrews taken to Bridgeport Hospital, the youngest flown to Yale-New Haven Hospital, and the other two children both taken to St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport as their injuries are less severe. The officer who was forced to shoot and kill Christopher Andrews was also taken to a hospital for observation as a precaution.
Lt. Perez mentioned that the police had never been called out to the home before, the family had no history of domestic violence in the town, and court records also came back to show that they had never had a restraining order or any protective orders filed. According to Connecticut News 12, Christopher Andrews was well respected and neighbors all say the lawyer who attacked his family so violently was much loved for his role coaching community sports. Reports all say that the family seemed to be a happy one.
Police awaited a search warrant before entering the home this afternoon. The circumstances that led to the attack have not yet been ascertained but the State Attorney’s office has requested that the Fairfield Police Department receive assistance with the investigation from the detectives of Western District Major Crime.
David Title, superintendent of Fairfield schools, said that the district would be offering the services of crisis counselors to the students and staff members at the different schools that the Andrews children attended.
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