WINDHAM - Two officers involved in the fatal shooting of the Berlin High School psychologist last week have been identified.
Officers Andrew Lyew and Daniel Zaleski were identified by the Windham State’s Attorney’s office, who is investigating the use of fatal force by members of the East Hartford police department, which resulted in the death of John Carras.
Lyew, has been an East Hartford police officer since December 2018 and previously was a New Haven police officer. Zaleski has been an East Hartford police officer since December 2003.
Authorities say that 43-year-old Carras was attacking his wife Thursday night. Once police arrived he then struggled with them inside the home. Police said that the officers attempted to subdue him with a stun gun, according to The Associated Press.
Officials stated the wife was taken to a hospital with life-threatening injuries, the AP said. She was listed in fair condition the day following the incident.
Two officers suffered minor injuries and were treated at a hospital, the AP said.
“The investigation into this incident is continuing and no additional information concerning the specific circumstances of the incident is being released at this time,” Windham State’s Attorney Anne Mahoney said. “Future updates will occur when deemed appropriate due to the investigation and in the public interest.”
Neither the officers involved nor the police cars were equipped with body cameras or cruiser camera recordings, Mahoney said in an initial statement following the incident.
Carras was very professional and in good standing with the district, with good attendance, Superintendent of Schools Brian Benigni said. Nothing of concern with his behavior was noticed by administrators and colleagues of his, Benigni added. Counselors were brought into the school the day after the incident.
The female victim is an educator and was a Teacher of the Year. Her identity is being withheld by The Herald to protect her as a domestic violence victim.