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EAST HARTFORD-- One man is dead and a woman is seriously injured after a domestic dispute, a dispute that left one officer injured.

Hartford police said they received a 911 call from this home on Skyline Drive shortly after 6 p.m. Thursday that resulted in what they call a violent tragedy.

Residents said watching events unfold was heart-wrenching.

Officials identified the man killed as  43-year-old John Carras. A statement Friday from Berlin High School Principal Eileen Eustis says Carras had been a psychologist there for the past 11 years.

”It all started, when we were out here, two kids came out of the house hysterical. They screamed, ‘Help, help, he’s choking my mom!’ I mean they were sprinting this way,” said Anthony Datilio.

That’s when Anthony Datilio says neighbors heard the couple argue, but said they didn’t expect for the argument to turn deadly.

Datilio said, "He had him on the kitchen floor, he was sprawled out on the floor at gun point. He got up, tased him, got up and started running, started fighting, he didn’t want to quick it was like he was enraged.”

And in that rage, is when police said things took a turn, during the struggle police said the woman was unconscious and with one officer hurt, police had a tough decision.

Lt. Joshua Litwin of the East Hartford Police Department said, “During the course of that struggle and the investigation of this domestic violence incident deadly force was determined to be necessary to stop further injury or further tragedy in the household.”

The two children that were inside the home are with relatives and the officer hurt is expected to be okay.

Police say they are still shocked this incident happened in the first place.

“It’s a situation that could happen anywhere an unfortunately this a case where it escalated to a very violent level ending with tragic results,” said Lt. Litwin.

The Windham State’s Attorney’s office is now investigating that officer involved shooting.

Berlin High School released the following letter to students and faculty:

Dear Parents/Guardians,

It is with much sadness that I share with you the passing of a BHS faculty member, Mr. John Carras. Mr. Carras served as our school psychologist for the past 11 years. We felt it was important to communicate this information with our parents and guardians should your child ask any questions or express concern.

Our school crisis team met this morning to coordinate support for students, faculty and staff. In addition, we solicited additional counseling staff from within the district and Meriden Public Schools to ensure everyone’s well-being. School psychologists, social workers, school counselors, administration and other support personnel have been available throughout the day. Staff were asked to monitor student behavior and any students in need of support were seen by counseling staff.

Some students, particularly those close to Mr. Carras, or those who have had their own losses, may be particularly affected by the news. Take time to listen to and talk to your child about what has happened. Reassure your child that you will be available to him/her. Reassure your child that you will do all that you can to keep him/her feel safe and supported. Should your child appear to be struggling to cope, we encourage you to contact the school to speak with one of our support staff or 211 (Mobile Crisis Services).

Thank you for your support and assistance.

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