Family of Bristol Man Killed in Shooting Speaks Out

Saturday Dan Caron was remembered as a man who would do anything for his family and friends. It was a friend, that Caron’s family says killed the 63-year-old father of four Friday evening.

“They were just good friends. They were good buddies. They hung out all the time, I think. They were together a lot,” said his 20-year-old daughter Nicole Caron.

Caron said her father knew 35-year-old suspect Chad Couture through the tool manufacturing industry they both worked in. Now, Couture is behind bars on charges of first degree manslaughter and criminal possession of a firearm for allegedly shooting Caron in the chest, in the driveway of his parents’ home.

“I’ve met him on multiple occasions. He’s been here before. He lived right down the street,” Caron recalled.

Bristol Police wouldn’t comment on the pair’s relationship or a motive. Investigators said they recovered a handgun at the crime scene, 240 Woodland Street.

“It doesn’t seem real. You know, my dad, I don’t know how this could happen to him,” said Caron.

Shelly Krpata was married to Caron for 18 years. Despite their divorce two-years-ago she said he remained present her life.

“He was also there to help out when he was needed. He would drop everything and help the kids,” Krpata said.

Described as an outgoing, social man who loved his family, Caron spent most of his life in Bristol before moving in with his sister in Harwinton, recently.

"My dad was just a very charismatic just kind friendly, just friendly man. He had a very good spirit,” said Caron.

As she looked at pictures of her father when she was first born she’s left wondering why her father was killed.

“I love him. I love him so much and I just want people to know he was a good person, he was,” she added.

Couture’s bond was set at $500,000. 

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