Hartford’s shooting task force tracks down several suspects

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Alexis Marrero, 22, was shot and killed on May 26.

HARTFORD – The Hartford Police Department’s Shooting Task Force made three arrests in the last few days, all stemming from brutal shootings.

On Monday, police arrested Deshawn “Debo” Walton, 20, of Hartford, on the charge of assault in the first degree, among other charges.

Police said Walton was involved in the April 29 shooting of a woman on Windsor Street. She was struck in the neck and face.

Walton is currently incarcerated for an attempted murder that took place on Main Street on July 18. His bond is set at $1.5 million.

Another city man was arrested on Monday. Guy Pacheco, 22, was charged with conspiracy to commit assault in the first degree for a September 2014 shooting that landed two victims in the hospital.

On Monday, police announced they also caught the murderer of 23-year-old Alexis Marrero. On Tuesday, May 26, Marrero, was shot inside Ciales Grocery store. He died the next day at Hartford Hospital.

Police say that several leads directed them to Jonathan Contrera, 22, of Hartford. On June 16, a judge granted an arrest warrant, accusing him in the deadly shooting.

On Monday, police found Contrera at the Southington Motel 6. He was arrested and charged with murder and carrying a pistol without a permit.

So far in 2015, 19 people have been murdered in Hartford. That’s the same number of people that were murdered in Hartford in all of 2014.

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