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Firearm/Narcotic Arrest on Bushnell Street

On September 1, 2015, at 5:18 Pm, Hartford Police Department Patrol Officers responded to the area of 37 Bushnell Street in response to an anonymous complaint of an individual suffering from a possible narcotics overdose. Upon arrival, HPD Patrol Officers observed the individual inside a vehicle, unresponsive and appeared to be in medical distress. The individual was removed from the vehicle by EMS personnel and transported by ambulance to Hartford Hospital. The individual later regained consciousness and was listed in stable condition. At the incident location, responding HPD Officers observed packaged Heroin and drug paraphernalia in plain view within the passenger compartment of the open vehicle. As Officers began to retrieve the illegal contraband, a firearm was observed protruding from an area between the drivers and passenger front seats of the vehicle. The firearm retrieved was found to be an unloaded, black Smith & Wesson model SD9VE handgun. The Hartford Shooting Task Force was notified and responded to the scene. The individual upon regaining consciousness was placed under arrest and charged with various Narcotic and Firearm charges. The arrested individual, later identified as Mathew Ruhnke, 31, of Petal, MI was transported to the Hartford Booking facility to be processed.

Evidence:
Black, Smith & Wesson, model SD9VE
Four sleeves of packaged Heroin (stamped with a black unreadable stamp)
Numerous empty sleeves
One hypodermic needle

Arrested: Mathew Ruhnke, 31, of Petal, MI
Charges:
1. Possession of Narcotics
2. Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
3. Carrying a pistol without a permit
4. Weapons in a motor vehicle

PIC 15-27503

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