Patron shoots, kills armed robber at Connecticut cafe

Williams confronted the robber with his own handgun

WATERBURY, Conn. (WTNH) — One man is dead after he was shot while attempting to rob a Waterbury cafe early Saturday morning.

According to Waterbury police, 26-year-old Raphael Dillard was shot and killed by 53-year-old Howard Williams at Cafe Azzurri in Waterbury on Saturday. Waterbury police were called to 500 Bank Street, Cafe Azzurri at 2:30 a.m. Saturday for reports of shots fired.

The investigation showed that Dillard entered the cafe, armed with a handgun and attempted to rob the cafe and its patrons. During the attempted robbery, Williams, a patron at the cafe, confronted Dillard with his own legally registered handgun. Williams shot Dillard at least once and Dillard was pronounced dead at the scene.

Williams remained on the scene and is cooperating with police, who seized his handgun. At this time, no charges have been filed and the incident is still under investigation.

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