Suspect in standoff with East Hartford PD identified, charged with kidnapping woman, shooting man


Video from previous reporting.

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — A shooting suspect was taken into custody after a brief standoff with East Hartford Police Friday afternoon.

Police were called to an apartment building on Main Street just before 1 p.m. for a shooting inside.

When they arrived, they found a man outside who had been shot in the arm. He was taken to the hospital and is expected to be OK.

Police said the suspect barricaded himself inside a fourth-floor apartment while forcing a woman to stay with him against her will.

They remained there until the tactical team and negotiators convinced the suspect to allow the woman to leave the apartment. Later, the suspect surrendered without further incident.

No one else was injured. A loaded gun believed to be used by the suspect was found on the scene.

The suspect was identified Sunday as Randolph Brown, 29, of East Hartford. He is charged with:

  • Criminal Attempt of Murder
  • Kidnapping in the First Degree with a Firearm
  • Assault in the Third Degree
  • Interfering with an Officer
  • Breach of Peace in the Second Degree
  • Unlawful Discharge of a Firearm
  • Reckless Endangerment in the First Degree
  • Carrying a Pistol without a Permit

Further charges are expected. Brown is being held on a $1,000,000 bond and is expected to appear in court Monday, Oct. 18.

This incident remains under investigation.

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