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Crime & Punishment: Bridgeport Man High on PCP Starts Acting Like King Kong
Scott Smith was a young New Milford police officer in 1998 when he shot and killed suspect Franklyn Reid (who was wanted on alleged parole violations). After a brief foot chase, Smith got Reid on the ground but Smith says Reid seemed to reach for a weapon. Smith was tried for murder and eventually took a plea deal that prevented him from ever again seeking work as a police officer. After 15 sad years, during which he failed to get a job as a firefighter, Smith committed suicide. You would think all involved would consider the whole thing a grand tragedy, but the mother of Franklyn Reid made this remarkably classless statement to the Danbury News-Times: "Scott Smith, thank you very much for committing suicide. What took you so long?" Pearlylyn Reid (who won $1.6 million in a lawsuit against the town) also said Smith's self-poisoning with carbon monoxide was "justice for Franklyn Reid. What goes around comes around."
By Nick Keppler
June 5, 2013