Cop cleared in fatal shooting of West Simsbury man

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BEACON, N.Y. — The Dutchess County District Attorney’s Office says a police officer has been cleared of wrongdoing by a grand jury that looked into the fatal shooting of a knife-wielding carjack suspect along Interstate 84.

State police say Michael G. Murphy of West Simsbury carjacked a vehicle in the Dutchess County city of Beacon on May 7. Dutchess County District Attorney William Grady said Thursday that Murphy was “delusional” and had been heading for the home of a New York woman he had a relationship with.

Beacon police chased Murphy to a point near Exit 11 on I-84 where he got out of the vehicle and was confronted by officers.

Grady said Sgt. Robert Sellick fatally shot Murphy after Murphy confronted him with an 8-inch butcher knife.