Man leads police on a chase in Hartford; gun recovered


A man is in custody in Hartford Saturday night after leading police on a car and foot chase. 

Police attempted to stop Jose Rivera-Cruz on a traffic stop in the Bond Street area Saturday evening. Officials say Cruz engaged officers in a short car and foot pursuit. 

The chase ended on Columbus Blvd. According to Hartford Police, Rivera-Cruz was in possession of a handgun at the time of the pursuit.

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He was arrested on October 31 while in possession of several drugs and firearms including over 300 bags of heroin/fentanyl, a Colt M-15 rifle, and a stolen handgun. Police also seized 37 rounds live ammunition during his October arrest. 

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Rivera-Cruz is currently detained by police and is being interviewed by members of the Felony Violence Reduction Team at the Hartford PD.

Police are expected to file charges shortly.

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