Officers’ Names Released in Fatal Shooting
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.