The 4th of July season is upon us and public safety officials caution the general population against the dangers of fireworks. Each year nationwide, on average, there are 10,000 injuries, 3 deaths and 25,000 fires due to the use of illegal fireworks. Don't become a statistic!
The only personal-use fireworks permitted by law in Connecticut are sparklers and fountains.
Illegal devices to use, store or sell in Connecticut:
Bottle rockets, Chinese Lanterns, firecrackers, black cats, lady fingers, roman candles, smoke bombs, party poppers, snakes, professional display aerial shells shot from mortar tubes without a permit from the State Fire Marshal, M-80's, M-100's, Cherry Bombs, Blockbusters, Quarter Sticks and similar devices.
Illegal possession of explosives is a felony! Purchasing and transporting explosives across state lines is a crime!
Please click here: PDF for fireworks information and training for our HPD officers.
On Saturday June 14, 2014 at approximately 12:56 p.m., Hartford Police Dispatch received reports of shots fired and a person shot in the area of 66 Main Street South Green. Patrol units were immediately dispatched and responded to the area. Upon arrival the victim, later identified as Huberto O'Neil DOB 07/15/1979 AKA KILLA BEE or KB, was located lying face up on the west sidewalk of Main Street with apparent gunshot wounds to the face/head.
Responding Hartford Fire Department Engine #1 and Emergency Medical Technician's (EMTs) arrived shortly after patrol units and began to administer emergency first aid. O'Neil was subsequently pronounced deceased, on scene, at 1:12pm.
A post Mortem examination of O'Neil was conducted by Chief Medical Examiner and the manner of death ruled: Homicide.
The suspect, Michael Pryce DOB 04/03/1993, was identified through subsequent investigation by Hartford Police Homicide detectives. On June 18, 2014 an arrest warrant was obtained by detectives charging Pryce with one count of MURDER, C.G.S. 53a-54a. The warrant is active.
Pryce's whereabouts are unknown at this time and information has been received that he is currently homeless. Efforts to locate Pryce have not been successful. Pryce has a judge set $300,000 cash bond only with full extradition across the United States. The firearm in this incident has not been recovered. Pryce may affiliate himself with the BLOODs street gang and may have contacts in the following previous arrest locations:
Arrested on Babcock Street, Edgewood Street, and Thomaston St. Hartford, CT
Anyone with information on Pryce's whereabouts is asked to contact Sergeant Brandon O'Brien at (860) 757-8940.
Miles Harris is wanted for questioning in last weeks reported Church Burglary (see details in previous article, and attached pictures below) Harris is also actively wanted and has an outstanding felony warrant for Larceny 2nd in Hartford related to an incident where an elderly man was seriously assaulted. Harris is also a suspect in other Church Burglaries in the area. Efforts to locate Harris have not been successful. We are asking for the communities help in locating him. Anyone with informtation is asked to call Sergeant Brandon O’Brien 860-757-4089.
Hartford Police Department
Public Safety Complex
253 High Street
Hartford CT, 06103