Police investigate officer-involved shooting in Hartford

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Police are investigating an officer-involved shooting in Hartford on Friday morning.

Hartford police say they were forced Friday morning to shoot a knife-wielding man, and part of the violent encounter captured on police dispatch.

“Put your hands up!  put your hands!  drop the knife!  drop the knife!  drop the knife!  drop the knife!”

Detectives tell us the unnamed suspect did not comply and had to be taken down. 

At last check, the suspect was in serious condition after undergoing emergency surgery the hospital Friday.

State police will take the lead on the investigation with assistance from Hartford Police Internal Affairs and the State’s Attorney’s Office.

“Which is common practice for these particular scenarios”, Lt. Paul Cicero says of the Hartford Police Department

We do know neither cop was wearing a body camera.

This all began with two patrol cops responding to a domestic call just before 11:30 in the 4-hundred-block of Garden Street.

According to police brass, one officer fired his weapon. Both cops have a combined, approximately 25 years on the job.

Police have identified the two officers involved as Officers Chris White and Michael Bodner. 

“Domestics are one of the most dangerous calls that an officer could respond to and now you add a knife in the mix”, Cicero says. 

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