MANCHESTER, Conn. (WTNH) — Connecticut State Police are looking for the suspect in a hit-and-run that left two judicial marshals injured outside of the Manchester Courthouse on Monday morning.
State police said the pair was hit by a car outside the Manchester courthouse around 11:30 a.m.
Troopers are trying to track down 42-year-old Jose Antonio Lopez, who was driving a white vehicle with a white spoiler on it, possibly with a Massachusetts license plate.
Lopez was scheduled to appear in at an arraignment at the courthouse Monday morning to address larceny charges from a Dec. 23 incident.
Court documents show police arrested Lopez from Home Depot. The offense is larceny in the sixth degree, which means a very minor charge. There wasn’t even a description of what happened in the court documents; it is so minor it was just like a traffic ticket, a complaint to appear in court.
But then something inside the building changed — officials were ordered to detain him, and he ran out of the courthouse, pursued by the judicial marshals, which is when he ran over them.
“He was fleeing outside the courthouse,” said Trooper Christine Jeltema. “We are still looking into the incident that did occur in there. We do know that the two marshals did exit the courthouse in an attempt to detain him, keep him from fleeing the scene.”
The identities of the marshals hit have not been released.
One trooper was given CPR on scene. He is in the hospital, listed under in critical condition, fighting for his life, and the second was hospitalized; condition is unknown.
“It’s horrible to have somebody run over a judicial marshal, someone who helps us and protects us,” said Manchester resident Erin LaFontaine.
Lopez is wanted for questioning in the hit-and-run and the vehicle he’s in may have sustained front end damage.
Troopers said he has a Springfield phone number and address.
“We are looking in the greater Hartford area in the Springfield greater area,” Trooper Christine Jeltema. “We did put out information to all local law enforcement agencies regarding this individual, this person of interest.”
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Lopez is urged to contact troopers at (860) 534-1000.