Police searching for ‘armed and dangerous’ suspect in Bloomfield double homicide


BLOOMFIELD, Conn. (WTNH) — Bloomfield police are searching for the suspect in a double homicide, who is considered to be armed and dangerous.

On Monday, police identified the suspect as 44-year-old Russell Smith, of Windsor. Smith has been charged with two counts of murder set at a $5 million bond.

Photo: Bloomfield Police

A 2011 white Subaru Outback is wanted in connection to the incident. According to officers, he may be driving a 2014 White Acura RLX.

The victims were identified as 43-year-old Aaron Walker, of Windsor, and 42-year-old Franklin Spencer, of East Hartford. The two victims are brothers.

According to police, the two homicide victims were customers at Elizabeth’s Bar & Restaurant at 772 Park Ave. They engaged in a “verbal dispute” with another person in the bar. It led to the parking lot where shots were fired just after 1 a.m. Saturday.

When officers arrived on scene, they found two male victims in the parking lot. One was shot in the head, the other in the chest.

The victims were transported to a local hospital where they were pronounced dead.

“I want our residents to know that Bloomfield is a safe place,” Bloomfield Mayor Suzette DeBeatham-Brown said at a press conference held Saturday afternoon.

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Police said they are interviewing witnesses and sifting through surveillance footage as part of the investigation. Bloomfield police are working with state police and Hartford police to follow and track every lead.

The sister of the two victims is calling for an end to gun violence across Connecticut and the country.

“I’m angry, but you would never get my hate…and I will forgive, but it’s going to be very hard,” Eddie Glass said during a news conference Sunday. “We can’t bring them back, but we can stop this, one step at a time,” she added.

On Monday night, Glass told News 8 she wants Smith to become a better person.

“I want you, Russell Smith, to become a better person than what you have shown by what you have done.”

She said his actions don’t just affect her family but the future of the community.

“When you take one life, you don’t destroy the family, you destroyed generations of families. You destroy the communities.”

Anyone with information should call Bloomfield Police Department at (860) 242-5501.

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