On October 16, 2014 at 6:30pm members of the Hartford Police Department South Conditions Unit (SCU) responded to the area of 25 Lincoln Street in response to a citizen complaint of shots fired. SCU Investigators were able to locate a witness whom provided a suspect description and direction of travel. The listed arrested party, whom fit the provided suspect description, was then located and detained in the rear of 10 Lincoln Street by SCU investigators and members of the Shooting Task Force (STF) arrived on scene to assist in the investigation. A subsequent on scene investigation led to the recovery of the listed stolen firearm, and the positive identification of the arrested party. An extensive area canvass was conducted in search of evidence, and/or possible victims, yielding negative results. The arrested party, during a post Miranda interview, provided a sworn written confession in regards to the incident.
Arrested: Verhjanish Castaneda-Morales, 21 of Hartford, CT
1. Carrying a Pistol w/out a Permit
2. Possession Stolen Firearm
3. Unlawful Discharge of a Firearm
4. Reckless Endangerment 1st Degree
5. Criminal Trespass 3rd Degree
Recovered Stolen Firearm: (1) Ruger 9mm semi-auto, Model LC, Handgun (s/n 32013002), and (2) magazines containing (8) live 9mm rounds (picture below)
October 15, 2014
The Hartford Fire Department and the Hartford Fire Fighter Association, IAFF 760, would like to thank everyone that has supported us through these difficult times. We are still working to ensure that the Bell and Martinez families receive the support that they are deserving of. Our thoughts and prayers are with them.
The Hartford Fire Department and the Hartford Fire Fighter Association, IAFF 760, are selling Kevin L. Bell Memorial Tee Shirts to raise funds for the Bell family. The Tee Shirts are available for purchase thru the Hartford Fire Department Special Services Unit at the Hartford Public Safety Complex, 253 High Street, Hartford, CT between the hours of 8am to 4pm. The shirts are also available at the Offices of the Hartford Fire Fighters Association, IAFF 760 at 1 Linden Place, Unit 104, Hartford, CT between the hours of 9am and 2 pm. All proceeds from these sales will go to the Kevin L. Bell Memorial Family Fund. The shirts are $20 and are available in Blue and Grey. They will remain on sale until they are sold out. For additional information contact the Hartford Fire Department Special Services Unit at 860-757-4520 or the Hartford Fire Fighters Association at 860-296-3523.
The Kevin L. Bell Memorial Family Fund has been established through the Hartford Fire Fighters Survivors' Fund to benefit the family of Brother Bell. Donations may be sent to the following:
Kevin L. Bell Memorial Family Fund
C/O Hartford Fire Fighters Survivors' Fund
669 Hebron Ave
Glastonbury, CT 06033
We continue to work to show our support of Firefighter Jason Martinez and his Family as he works toward recovering from his injuries in the Bridgeport Burn Center. They are and will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers. Well wishes can be sent to Jason and his family via http://www.bridgeporthospital.org , then click on the CheerGram icon in the middle of the page and follow the directions to send you message.
Please keep the Bell and Martinez families in your thought and prayers as we continue to support both families.
Below is a picture of the Kevin L. Bell Memorial Tee Shirts.
Our first responders, our men and women of the Hartford Fire Department, put themselves at risk each and every day to protect the residents of the city. It takes an enormous amount of courage to do this. For that alone, they are heroes.
-Mayor Pedro E. Segarra
Hartford Police Department
Public Safety Complex
253 High Street
Hartford CT, 06103