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Suspect arrested in Officer Involved Shooting

On July 31, 2014 at approx. 3:44am the Hartford Public Safety dispatch center received 911 calls regarding a shot fired and an attempted robbery. Hartford Police Patrol Officers converged on the area, and a perimeter was established. An Officer observed the suspect, exited his cruiser and chased him on foot. In a rear yard on Campfield Ave. the Officer came around the corner of a house to observe the suspect already pointing a hand gun at him. The Officer fired two shots and sought cover. The suspect again ran on foot and was eventually located by responding HPD C Squad Patrol Officers. The suspect was not struck by the officer's gun fire. The suspect's gun, a Glock 17 9mm, was also recovered.

The victim of the robbery on Broad St. was located and was uninjured. A single shell casing was recovered on Broad St. The Hartford Police Major Crimes Division and the Crime Scene Division responded to conduct the investigation. The CT State's Attorney's Office in Hartford was notified.

Accused: Derrick Gray, 28, of Hartford CT. Gray is a convicted felon.
1. Criminal Attempt Assault 1st
2. Unlawful Discharge of Firearm
3. Robbery 1st Degree
4. Criminal Possession of Firearm
5. Carrying Pistol without a Permit
6. Reckless Endangerment

Gray was also charged for an outstanding Violation of Probation warrant. He is being held on a $775,000 bond.



Child Porn Arrest

At the end of March 2014, the Hartford Police Department Special Investigations Division received information that there was child pornography being shared over the internet. The address was identified as 702 Mary Shepard Place. On July 23, 2014, a search and seizure warrant was executed on 702 Mary Shepard Place and numerous computer and media related items were seized. A resident of this address, Faustino Cotto (10/26/1983), was identified as a possible suspect involved in the possession and sharing of the child pornography. After analyzing some of the seized items, S.I.D. detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Faustino Cotto. On July 31, 2014, Faustino Cotto was arrested outside his residence and charged with Possession of Child Pornography, Promoting a Minor in an Obscene Performance, and Obscenity. More analysis is being done on the remaining computer and media related items to determine if more charges will be brought.

Accused: Faustino Cotto 30yo of Hartford
1. Possession of Child Pornography
2. Promoting a minor in an obscene performance
3. Obscenity
$350,000 bond


Robbery Arrest

On July 30, 2014 at 8:25pm Hartford Police Officers responded to 140 Weston St on a 911 call of a several parties fighting. Upon arrival, Officers ascertained that the victims (2 females and 1 male) had driven to the Mobil Station to purchase a drink when they were beaten and relieved of $300.00 by the two Hispanic males who damaged and attempted to steal their vehicle. The victims stated the suspects left the area in a 2013 Black Ford Explorer just prior to police arrival and further reported the suspects implied they had firearms, were Latin King members, and would shoot them. Shortly after, the PSDC (Public Saftey Dispatch Center) broadcast a BOLO (Be on the look out) to area cars. Members of the Shooting Task Force located and stopped the suspect vehicle in the area of 555 Windsor St. The three victims positively identify the two occupants as the persons who had assaulted and robbed them. AMR responded and provided medical treatment on scene to one victim who suffered visible non-life threatening facial injuries. Crime Scene Detectives responded and processed the scene and evidence. The Major Crimes Division responded and assisted with the investigation.


Wilfred Rodriguez 21 of Hartford  Robbery 1st, Assault 3rd, Criminal Mischief 1st, Attempted

Larceny 2nd, Criminal Mischief 3rd.



Kevin Miller 20 of Hartford CT Robbery 1st, Assault 3rd, Criminal Mischief 1st,

Attempted Larceny 2nd, Criminal Mischief 3rd.


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