The police chief who led Newtown’s response to the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School that left 26 people dead is retiring.

The Newtown Police Commission accepted a letter of retirement Tuesday night from Police Chief Michael Kehoe, who has led the Connecticut department for 14 years.

The 60-year-old Kehoe was among those who responded to the Dec. 14, 2012, shooting that killed 20 first-graders and six educators. A review of the response by the Connecticut Police Chiefs Association found the department responded quickly and appropriately to the shooting.

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