Former Stamford police chief found dead

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.”


Jonathan Lucas