HAMDEN, Conn. (AP) _ The state medical examiner’s office has determined that a man found dead in a vacant house in Hamden was shot once in the back of the head during a homicide.

Authorities identified the man as 27-year-old Darick Cooper, whose last known address was in New Haven. His body was found Monday in a stairwell of a home on Goodrich Street that local officials had declared uninhabitable because water leaks threatened the safety of the electrical system.

Police haven’t announced any arrests in connection with Cooper’s death, which was Hamden’s first homicide of the year, and declined to say whether there were any suspects.

Cooper had a criminal record that included convictions for weapons and drug charges.

     (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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