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Case Closed: Redding Lawyer's Death From Gunshot Ruled Not A Homicide

Redding lawyer Gugsa Abraham “Abe” Dabela was found dead in his car on April 5, 2014.
Redding lawyer Gugsa Abraham “Abe” Dabela was found dead in his car on April 5, 2014. Photo Credit: Facebook

REDDING, Conn. — The death of a Redding lawyer in 2014 death has officially been ruled not to be a homicide, and the investigation into the controversial death is closed, Danbury state's Attorney Stephen Sedensky said in a statement Tuesday.

Sedensky had investigated the death of Gugsa Abraham Dabela, 35, who was found dead of a gunshot wound to the back of his head in his car after a crash on Umpawaug Road near Mallory Lane in Redding.

"In the early morning hours of April 5, 2014, Attorney Gugsa Abraham Dabela was traveling to his home in Redding when his car overturned and the subsequent discharge of a firearm resulted in his death," said the statement from Sedensky. "The criminal investigation into this death is concluded."

After reviewing all of the evidence, Sedensky said he found that "the evidence does not support a conclusion that Attorney Dabela’s death was a homicide. Accordingly, the criminal investigation into this matter is closed."

Sedensky expressed his "sincere condolences to the family of Attorney Dabela on their loss."

In 2015, the state NAACP and the Norwalk branch of the NAACP had launched an investigation into the circumstances of Dabela's death in the crash less than a mile from his house.

Dabela’s family had filed a federal lawsuit against the town, Chief of Police Doug Fuchs, seven officers and an unknown killer, claiming the police department rushed to rule the death a suicide and didn't conduct a proper investigation.

In the investigation, the Office of the State’s Attorney for the Judicial District of Danbury worked with the Redding Police Department, the Connecticut State Police Western District Major Crime Squad, the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection Division of Scientific Services and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

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