Statement by Mayor Guinta Concerning Downed Officer

To the People of Manchester: This morning I was awakened to the terrible and tragic news that an officer of the Manchester Police Department, one of our own, had been shot while performing his law enforcement duties on behalf of the citizenry he swore to protect. No words can be found to properly address this situation. It is simply horrible and nothing can change that fact.

Our Police Department employs brave men and women to protect our homes, neighborhoods and persons. At times like these, the true cost of public safety becomes all too clear.

My prayers and those of my family are with our Police Department, and most especially with the officer and his young family. I humbly ask each citizen to keep them in your prayers as well.