NEW LONDON -- Authorities say that a man killed by New London police officers drew a realistic-looking toy gun to goad police into shooting him.
Johnny Koremenos, spokesman for the state Department of Justice, tells the Appleton Post-Crescent that the gun that 31-year-old Kole Knight possessed when he was shot Friday morning was a "plastic toy look-alike."
Knight's fiancée of three years, CiCi Johnson, tells the newspaper that Knight was suicidal and knew that if he showed a weapon, or what looked like a weapon, to officers, they would shoot him. She says she doesn't blame police for what they did. She says the toy gun belonged to her 14-year-old son.
Johnson says Knight was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. She says he had attempted suicide multiple times.