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PD Investigating 2 Off-Duty Conn. State Troopers

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    (Published Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017)

    Wethersfield Police are conducting a criminal investigation into two off-duty state troopers.

    Little information has been released, but the investigation surrounds a reported assault on Saturday that involved troopers Rupert Laird and Xavier Cruz.

    Wethersfield police released a redacted log entry showing they received a call about the alleged assault from a nurse at St. Francis Hospital on Monday.

    The nurse told police that a patient came into the emergency room and said he had been assaulted on Saturday.  The log entry was given to NBC Connecticut after a Freedom of Information request for details on the investigation involving the two off-duty troopers.

    State police said the two troopers, Laird from Troop C-Tolland and Cruz from Troop K-Colchester, have been reassigned to non-police duties as the investigation continues. 

    NBC Connecticut went to an address listed for Cruz, but no one answered the door. 

    The police union did release a statement late Thursday night.

    "We have heard the reports of that the Wethersfield Police Department is conducting an investigation into an incident involving two off-duty State Troopers. As with any investigation, we caution against reaching any conclusions until all of the facts have been gathered.  Out of respect for the Wethersfield Police Department, we will not be commenting further until their investigation is concluded," the statement says. 

    Wethersfield police said they are investigating in coordination with the State's Attorney office and State Police.

    The matter had been referred to the Connecticut State Police Professional Standards for review.