Officer suffers head injury after being struck by car in Hartford during altercation with suspect

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HARTFORD--Downtown Hartford has several streets closed Wednesday evening as police investigate an officer-involved shooting.

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According to Hartford Police Deputy Chief Brian Foley, Hartford Police, South Windsor Police called Hartford to warn them about an emotionally disturbed man. Police say that the man was previously suicidal, and left his home holding a knife after telling his family he planned to hurt a police officer.

The suspect collided with several police cars before hitting a police officer who was standing in the street. The officer then fired his department-issued gun, hitting the suspect twice in the right arm. The suspect then drove into a building.

Both the officer and the emotionally disturbed person were taken to the hospital with injuries that aren't considered life-threatening, though the officer did suffer a head trauma when he was hit by the car and is getting a CAT scan. The emotionally disturbed person suffered a gunshot wound.


Officers from several nearby towns responded when they heard "officer down" over the radio. At least 20 to 30 officers were on the scene after the shooting.

The area including Park, Hungerford, Lawrence and Broad streets is closed to all traffic and the area is blocked off. Park Street is expected to remain closed between Broad and Wolcott streets for some time, an the investigation is expected to last for most of the night.