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Po­lice have iden­ti­fied the man shot and killed in the “Happy Hal­loween” stab­bing on Tues­day night as Sir­von Strickland, 31, of Bris­tol Street in New Haven.

Po­lice said Strickland, who wished “Happy Hal­loween” to an­other man be­fore knif­ing him, was fa­tally shot by the stab­bing vic­tim’s cousin Tues­day night.

Po­lice said a 27-year-old New Haven man was walk­ing on Sperry Street from Whal­ley Av­enue to­ward Goffe Street, when he was con­fronted by a man hold­ing a knife, ac­cord­ing to po­lice.

“The knife-wield­ing man said, ‘Happy Hal­loween,’ and stabbed the vic­tim” in the el­bow, Of­fi­cer David Hart­man said in a re­lease. “The vic­tim’s cousin — a 24-yearold Ham­den man — was wait­ing in his car. He heard the com­mo­tion, got out of his car, and was also stabbed by the as­sailant.”

The 24-year-old, who was stabbed in a bi­cep, had a pis­tol on him and shot his as­sailant in the chest, po­lice said.

“The shooter has a valid pis­tol per­mit and his gun was law­fully reg­is­tered to him, ac­cord­ing to in­for­ma­tion ob­tained in a po­lice records check,” Hart­man said. “The shooter has not been charged — though this in­ves­ti­ga­tion is ac­tive and re­mains ac­tive.”

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