Connecticut State Police Patch STATE OF CONNECTICUT
Department of Public Safety
1111 Country Club Road
Middletown, Connecticut 06457
May 26, 2009



(Initial and update 1)

On 05/24/09 shortly after 1:30 p.m. East Hartford Police responded to a reported domestic violence call at 38 Long Hill St East Hartford.   It was reported to police that the male subject might be armed with a weapon. East Hartford Police requested K-9 assistance from a West Hartford Police K-9 team who also responded to the scene.

Upon arrival both officers were directed to the rear of the home near a wood line where the male subject was located. The subject appeared to be injured was conscious and was in possession of a long gun. The officers verbally directed the subject several times to put the weapon down but the male subject suddenly leveled the long gun weapon at the two police officers who were forced to discharge their service weapons at the subject. Neither officer was injured.

The male subject suffered apparent gunshot wounds. The wounded subject was provided emergency care by East Hartford EMS at the scene. He was transported to Hartford Hospital where he is reported to be in serious condition.

The Hartford State’s Attorney, East Hartford Police Chief and West Hartford Police Chief requested that the State Police Eastern District Major Crime Squad respond to the scene to conduct the investigation into this police shooting. 

State Police Detectives will conduct the investigation into this shooting incident. Detectives will process and document the scene and gather all evidence related to this shooting incident.

The identity of the injured subject will be withheld at this time to allow the notification of the wounded subjects family.

In addition State Police are withholding the identity of the two officers to allow them time to notify their families of this incident.  



The wounded subject has been pronounced dead at Hartford Hospital.  A post mortem examination will be conducted at the Office of the Chief State’ s Medical Examiner to determine the exact manner and cause of death.

All identities will be withheld at this time pending notifications. 

The case remains under investigation by Connecticut State Police .


LT. J. Paul Vance