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Suspect in Milford murder pronounced dead in Stamford one day after attempting suicide, police say

Hartford Courant
Hartford Courant

The suspect accused of killing another man in a Milford home early Saturday morning before attempting to take his own life at a Stamford beach has succumbed to his injuries, police announced Monday afternoon.

Durim Berisha was pronounced dead Sunday at Stamford Hospital after suffering a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head a day earlier, just hours after he was suspected of killing Chaz Wright inside a home near Milford’s West Main Street, police said.

The first shooting occurred just before 6 a.m. Saturday when Berisha is believed to have entered the home at 9 Housatonic Ave. and “confronted” two residents inside, police said. During the encounter police believe Berisha shot and killed Wright.

About two hours later, police in Stamford were called to Cummings Beach for a report of an attempted suicide believed to be connected to the earlier Milford slaying, Stamford police Lt. Tom Scanlon said. They found Berisha suffering from a single gunshot wound to the head in an apparent suicide attempt, but he was still alive and paramedics rushed him to Stamford Hospital for treatment, Scanlon said.

Berisha remained in “grave condition” late Saturday and died Sunday, police said.

Police released no other details about the incident Monday, including either man’s age, and they have described it only as an “isolated incident” without alluding to any possible motive or context for the killing.

Milford officials have asked with any information about the incident to contact the department at 203-878-6551 to speak to Detective Sgt. Nate Doerr or Detective Ken Catino.

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