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Shelton Man Charged With Murder In New York Road Rage Incident In 2011

George Cupi of Shelton has been charged with the murder of a Queens man that stemmed from a traffic incident.
George Cupi of Shelton has been charged with the murder of a Queens man that stemmed from a traffic incident. Photo Credit: Shelton Police Department

SHELTON, Conn. -- A Shelton man was picked up at his home Monday and charged with the murder of a Queens man stemming from a 2011 road rage incident in New York City, the Shelton Police Department said.

Shelton police detectives, U.S. Marshals Service and detectives from the 102nd Queens precinct and Queens Homicide South went to Westside Lane in Shelton on Monday and arrested George Cupi, 52, who was wanted on a murder charge in the death of a Queens man shot during a traffic argument, police said.

The shooting death occurred July 14, 2011, on 125th Street, off Austin Street, in the Kew Gardens section of Queens, according to police.

A traffic dispute took place involving Cupi and two other men when a Cadillac Escalade double-parked on Austin Street, and Cupi, driving a van, couldn't get by, police said.

Cupi left the scene but returned a short time later and shot both men with a handgun, police said. One of the men was pronounced dead upon arrival at the hospital, and the other man survived, police said.

There was no indication of a prior relationship between Cupi and the two men, police said.

Cups, who was awaiting extradition to New York, was charged in Connecticut with being a fugitive from justice and was held on $100,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear in Derby Superior Court on Tuesday.

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