West Hartford PD: Man shot in the face while juveniles were home, Mansfield man arrested


WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Police in West Hartford are investigating after a man was shot on Maplewood Avenue Wednesday night.

At 9:05 p.m., West Hartford police received a 911 call reporting a shooting on Maplewood Avenue. The caller said a person at a residence had been shot and needed medical attention.

Responding officers found a male victim who had been shot in the face. He was transported to a local hospital for treatment and is expected to survive.

There were several juveniles in the residence at the time of the shooting; they were not injured.

A witness on the scene was able to identify the suspect, who police say was known to the victim. The suspect was identified Thursday as Christon Mitchell, 32, of Mansfield.

When police attempted to take him into custody Thursday morning, he fled in a car. As Mitchell drove past the Farmington Police Department, Farmington officers deployed tire deflation devices, which helped stop Mitchell’s car. West Hartford police were then able to take him into custody without further incident.

Mitchell is charged with the following:

  • Criminal attempt at murder
  • Assault with a firearm
  • Home invasion
  • Risk of injury to a child (2 counts)
  • Criminal possession of a pistol or revolver
  • Illegal discharge of a firearm
  • Threatening
  • Reckless endangerment

According to police, Mitchell is a convicted felon on the Connecticut Deadly Weapon Registry and is currently on Federal Probation for previous weapons charges. He is being held on a $2-million bond and is due back in court on Nov. 12.

The shooting appears to be an isolated incident. The West Hartford Police Department is actively investigating.

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