On Saturday, June 27, 2015, at 4:30pm Hartford Police Department Patrol Officers and Shooting Task Force Detectives responded to the basketball court at 260 Holcomb Street after several 911 calls for shots fired. Upon arrival, officers encountered a chaotic scene with numerous individuals fleeing from the basketball court area of the school. A basketball tournament was being held at this location with hundreds of people attending. Officers located a male victim (Identified as James Headen, 41 of Hartford) suffering from a gunshot wound to the head. He was transported to St. Francis Hospital via ambulance. As this was occurring, three other victims arrived separately at St. Francis by private vehicles. These three victims were each suffering from non-life threatening gunshot wounds. At 10:49pm James Headen was pronounced deceased.
James Headen, 41 of Hartford, was shot in the head. (Pronounced deceased at 10:49pm)
Justin Jones, 23 of Hartford, was shot in the hip/groin. (Stable, admitted, non-life threatening)
Shawn Patterson, 24 of Hartford, was shot in the hand. (Treated and released)
Roosevelt Holmes, 23 of Windsor, was shot in the calf/ankle area. (Treated and released, taken into police custody)
Detectives from the Major Crimes Division and Crime Scene Division began the investigation. During the course of the investigation, it was learned that a basketball tournament was taking place at a basketball court adjacent to the Rawson School when the shooting occurred. Major Crimes Detectives, STF Detectives and patrol officers all received information that Roosevelt Holmes a.k.a. "Roe" became involved in a dispute while the tournament was taking place. (It is, at this time, unclear who this dispute was with, but it does not appear that it was with any of the other victims) Holmes was not a participant in the tournament. The dispute escalated and numerous shots were fired. This is when James Headen, who by all accounts was an innocent bystander, was struck in the head. This is also when the other 3 victims were struck by gun fire.
At St. Francis, Patrol Officers detained the transporting vehicles and drivers. Evidence, to include at least one firearm believed to be involved in this incident, was secured. This firearm was found in the vehicle which delivered Roosevelt Holmes to the Hospital. Upon release from the hospital, Holmes was taken to the HPD Major Crimes for interview. Following the interview he was placed under arrest and charged, held on a $1,000,000 bond. Holmes , a convicted felon, could potentially face further charges.
1. Criminal Possession of a Firearm
2. Criminal Attempt/Assault First Degree
3. Reckless Endangerment First Degree
4. Unlawful Discharge of a Firearm
This investigation is ongoing. We are asking for any witnesses to please reach out to the Hartford Police Department. We believe that video evidence exists to this event. We are asking for any assistance in obtaining this video. Anonymous sources can contact HPD anonymously at our website using the anonymous tip link. The Major Crimes Division is continuing to investigate this homicide and the investigation is progressing.
On July 12, 2014 at approx 4:55am Hartford Police Officers responded to the area of 20 Auburn Street on a report of shots fired and a ShotSpotter activation. Upon arrival, officers located a male victim, suffering gunshot wounds to his upper torso. The male victim, later identified as Tyshawn Crawford, 29, of Hartford, CT, was transported to St. Francis Hospital, where he was treated but succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced at 4:30am.
Detectives from the Hartford Police Department Major Crimes Division stayed with the investigation for 11 months. On June 15, 2015, HPD Major Crime Detectives applied for and obtained an arrest warrant for the arrest of Chiffon Milner, 30, of Hartford, CT.
On June 24, 2015, Milner was arrested in the town of Manchester. Hartford Major Crime Detectives interviewed Milner then brought him to the HPD Booking facility, where he was charged with Murder, Criminal Possession of a Firearm and Criminal Use of a Firearm. A $2,000,000 bond was set.
ARRESTED: Chiffon Milner, 30, of Hartford, CT
2. Criminal Possession of a Firearm
3. Criminal Use of a Firearm
From the Hartford Police Department Traffic Division Wednesday, June 24, 2015
HARTFORD POLICE TO CONDUCT DUI ENFORCEMENT CHECKPOINT
(Hartford, CT.) – The Hartford Police Department Traffic Division will conduct a DUI Enforcement Checkpoint on Thursday, June 25, 2015, from 5:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m., in the area of Garden Street and Capen Street.
This checkpoint is part of the Hartford Police Department's ongoing expanded DUI enforcement program supervised by the HPD's Traffic Division and funded through a grant from the State of Connecticut Department of Transportation DUI Enforcement Program.
For the most up to date traffic information visit the State of Connecticut interactive traffic map including statewide traffic cameras.
The Hartford Police Department encourages you to protect your vehicle and belongings by "putting your junk in your trunk." Click here to view car break prevention tips from the HPD.
Hartford Police Department
Public Safety Complex
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Hartford CT, 06103