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DANBURY, Conn. (AP) _ The mother of a man killed by a New Milford police officer more than a decade ago said she’s glad the man who shot her son committed suicide last week.

Scott Smith was found dead in a bedroom of his Danbury home of carbon monoxide poisoning. He received probation after pleading no contest in 2004 to a misdemeanor negligent homicide charge in the death of 19-year-old Franklyn Reid, who was shot after a foot chase.

Reid’s mother, Pearlylyn Reid, told the News Times of Danbury on Tuesday that she feels the suicide was a form of justice.

“What goes around comes around,” she said.

“Scott Smith, thank you very much for committing suicide. What took you so long?” she told the newspaper.

Franklyn Reid was wanted by police for probation violations and failing to appear in court when he was apprehended by Smith on Dec. 27, 1998.

Witnesses said Reid was lying on his stomach with his hands behind his back when Smith put a foot on Reid’s back and shot him in the back. Shoe print residue was found on the back of Reid’s shirt.

Smith said Reid was on his knees and possibly reaching for a weapon when he fired. A folding knife was found in Reid’s jacket pocket.

Smith was originally convicted of manslaughter by a Litchfield Superior Court jury in 2000 but won a new trial on appeal. In 2004, just before that trial was to begin, Smith pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of criminally negligent homicide.  He received a suspended one-year prison sentence and two years of probation.

Reid’s parents filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the town and received a $1.6 million settlement in 2004. The couple moved to Georgia in 2006.

Perlylyn Reid said that after learning of the suicide, she felt she needed to say something. Her husband, Dwight Reid, stood by his wife’s statement.

“When Franklyn Reid died, not once did the Smith family say they were sorry,” he told the newspaper. “There was no remorse for what he did.”
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Information from: The News-Times, http://www.newstimes.com

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