Former Hartford firefighter charged with assault in April shooting

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HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — A former Hartford firefighter has been arrested after police say he shot a man on Hebron Street in April.

On Thursday, Hartford police obtained an arrest warrant for 54-year-old Donald Brown, a former 25-year veteran of the Hartford Fire Department. Brown turned himself in at police headquarters when he learned of the warrant out for his arrest.Original Story: Hartford firefighter shoots man; victim in serious condition

Just before 5:00 p.m. on April 24th, Hartford police responded to a report of a shooting in the driveway at 131 Hebron Street. Upon arrival, officers found 31-year-old Lascelles Reid, of Simsbury, lying on the ground suffering from a single gunshot wound.Related Content: Lascelles Reid calls 911 to report the shooting

Police said Reid was alert and conscious when he was found. He was taken to Saint Francis Hospital for treatment. As of May 14th, Reid has not fully recovered, and continues to require medical attention.

Officers met with Brown, who was on the scene when officers arrived. Brown told police he shot Reid because he was in fear of him. The 9mm handgun used in the shooting was secured by police. Officers also located the shell casing at the scene.Related Content: Hartford firefighter said he feared man he shot

Brown is charged with first degree assault. A judge set his bail at $150,000. Brown retired from the Hartford Fire Department on May 1st, one week after the shooting took place.

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