Former Stamford police chief found dead
2001 FILE — At the news conference to announce his the new Police Chief to succeed Chief Esserman, Mayor Dannel Malloy hands his choice for new Police Chief Louis DeCarlo the Police Chiefs new badge.
2004 FILE — At a Stamford Police news conference in 2004.
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2001 FILE — Louis DeCarlo will be Stamford's next police chief. After a 31-year career with the department, DeCarlo said it was overwhelming to be named to succeed outgoing chief Dean Esserman, center. Mayor Dannel Malloy, right, praised DeCarlo for his dedication to the city.
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2005 FILE — Stamford Police Chief Louis DeCarlo speaking at a news conference on three major investigations.
2004 FILE — Stamford Chief of Police Louis DeCarlo addresses members of the media during a news conference announcing the indictment of 18 persons after a sting of organized crime in Connecticut at the offices of (R) Kevin J. O'Connor U.S. Attorney for the District of Connecticut.
1999 FILE — Deputy Chief Louis DeCarlo delivers part of a press conference in front of Stamford's Superior Courthouse with members of Stamford and Norwalk's police department and the Anti-Defamation League concerning the medical waste hate crimes which took place in December. (from right) Lt. Joseph Falzetti, Steven Sheinberg, Assoc. regional director of ADL, and Lt. Andrew Gale, Commander of Norwalk Police's detective bureau stand behind DeCarlo.
STAMFORD — Former Police Chief Louis DeCarlo was found dead at his home Thursday afternoon of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, police said.
DeCarlo was a 30-year veteran of the department before becoming chief in 2001. He led the department until 2004 and was remembered for his kindness and devotion to his family.
“I always will have fond memories of his kindness and I hope that’s a trait that I learned from him and that I can pass on to the troops,” said current Police Chief Jon Fontneau.
During DeCarlo’s tenure, crime in the city continued to decline. He was appointed by then-mayor and now Gov. Dannel P. Malloy. In a statement, Malloy’s spokesman Andrew Doba said: “The Governor had a productive working relationship with Chief DeCarlo. During his tenure, crime in Stamford dropped precipitously. His family and friends are in the Governor’s prayers.”