OLD SAYBROOK, Conn. (WPRI) — A Connecticut man believed to be involved in several Rhode Island bank robberies has been shot and killed, Connecticut State Police announced Sunday.
According to police, officers learned Saturday that a man wanted for multiple robberies was staying at the Econo Lodge on Boston Post Road in Old Saybrook.
Upon arrival, officers say the suspect was seen brandishing a weapon inside his motel room and gun shots were heard coming from inside. The Conn. State Police SWAT team was called in to assist.
Police said officers entered the room and the suspect, identified as Richard Love, pointed his weapon at them and ignored orders to put it down.
According to police, Love was shot by a SWAT team member and was pronounced dead at the scene.
“Troopers don’t go into a situation expecting or wanting to do something like this,” said Trooper Kelly Grant. “Their priorities are the safety of themselves, the safety of the other officers, the safety of customers, any bystanders, any civilians. And certainly the safety of the suspect.”
Love, 32, of Groton, is accused of robbing several banks in both Rhode Island and Connecticut.
While searching his motel room, officers said they found a .45 caliber handgun, magazines loaded with ammunition, drug paraphernalia and approximately 180 bundles of heroin and suspected crack cocaine.
A large amount of cash was also discovered, according to police, and officials believe it was stolen during the robberies.
Officials said the motel was evacuated during the stand-off and 60 guests that were forced from their rooms were welcomed into a steakhouse across the street. The owner said the restaurant had closed for the night, but she opened back up to fed and occupy them until they were put up in other motels.
“Everybody was in a pretty good place and we just tried to make them comfortable,” said Laurie Ames.
According to police, an investigation is ongoing.