Hero Down: South Windsor Sgt. Matthew Mainieri Killed Trying To Break Up Fight

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South Windsor Sgt. Matthew Mainieri was assaulted as he tried to break up a bar fight while on vacation.

South Windsor, CT South Windsor Police Sergeant Matthew Mainieri was vacationing in South Carolina when he was killed by a man who sucker punched him as he was trying to break up a fight, police said.

The incident occurred at approximately 12:30 a.m. on Sunday at Uncle Titos bar, the Georgetown County Sheriffs Office said, according to WMBF.

When a fight broke out inside the bar, Sgt. Mainieri, 41, attempted to intervene, at which point he was sucker punched by 21-year-old Kelton Todd, the department said.

Sgt. Mainieri sustained massive head injuries in the assault. He was rushed to a local hospital, where he died at approximately 3 p.m.

"It is with profound sadness that the members of the South Windsor Police Department mourn the death of Sergeant Matthew Mainieri," South Windsor Deputy Chief Scott Custer in a statement on Sunday, according to WMBF. "Police Sergeant Matthew Mainieri #155 died this afternoon of injuries sustained in an off-duty incident in South Carolina last night while trying to break up a fight."

Todd was transported to the Georgetown County Detention Center and was initially charged with assault, WTIC reported.

Additional charges are expected, pending findings of the ongoing investigation, the sheriffs office said.

Sgt. Mainieri, a 20-year veteran of the force, served as an officer, corporal, and sergeant during his time with the department, Chief Custer said.

He served in the Detective Division and Traffic Division, and was also a member of the Metro Traffic Services regional traffic unit.

Sgt. Mainieri was an accident reconstructionist, firearms instructor, and motorcycle instructor.

He wasan outstanding instructor, Chief Custer said.

Sgt. Mainieri was skilled at explosive breaching, and was a member of the departments Regional Emergency Services Team, the chief added.

More recently, the sergeant had been working to help the agency establish a drone program to assist in locating suspects and missing individuals.

During his tenure with the department, Sgt. Mainieri received many commendations, including the Chiefs Award, the department Medal of Valor, and multiple certificates, Chief Custer said.

This is the worst possible news one can imagine and we are totally heartbroken, South Windsor Mayor Dr. M. Saud Anwar told WVIT. As I think some of the people who are in our police departments, theyre never off-duty. Theyre always there to help out and thats exactly what he was doing.

Sgt. Mainieri leaves behind his girlfriend, mother, sister, and many friends.

We send our thoughts and prayers to his family and friends as well as his police family throughout Connecticut and beyond, Chief Custer said. We will be assisting his family during this difficult time.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of South Windsor Police Sergeant Matthew Mainieri, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

Rest easy, hero. Well hold the line from here.

Comments (7)

Rest in peace, Sergeant Mainieri. May your family, both blood and blue, and your girlfriend, find comfort and peace.

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How horribly sad......... Thank you for your service on and off the job. You gave all and your community and family will always miss you......


RIP Sgt. May you find peace in the afterlife and your family , blue and blood, have all our sympathies and condolences.


Rest in Peace Sarg...


A good man and a dedicated officer. Rest in peace, Sargeant Mainieri. I hope God watches over your family and keeps them safe.


Rest in peace Sergeant


Blessed are the PEACEMAKERS for they shall be called the SON'S of GOD. Matthew 5:9

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