State Police  have released  the names of the Hartford Police Officers involved in a fatal  shooting Wednesday night  at 24 Heath Street in the city,Officers Richard Cotto and Johnny Muniz have both  been with the department for 4 and a half years.They have been placed on  administrative duty pending the outcome  of a review.

Police were called to Heath Street just after 10 p.m.  on the report of a disturbance.Officers  found a trail of blood leading to the  suspect’s apartment.When they went inside they were confronted by  the suspect who was armed with an edged weapon.According to Police the suspect  ignored orders to drop the weapon and lunged at  an Officer in a  threatening manner.The officer discharged his weapon , hitting the suspect, who was taken to St.Francis Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

A tentative identification has been made ,but the  suspects name is being withheld  pending notification of next of kin.

State Police are continuing their investigation.


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