Officers fired at during undercover investigation in Hartford, suspect arrested

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HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — A Hartford teen was arrested Wednesday after officers were shot at during an undercover investigation on Tuesday night.

The shooting happened just after 6 p.m. in the area of Capen and Vine streets.

Police said the officers were pursuing a person of interest in an undercover firearms investigation when he fired at officers and then fled the scene.

Reports state the bullets struck the passenger side window of the unmarked patrol car — just inches from an officer’s head.

On scene where undercover officers were shot at in Hartford Tuesday night.

Officers did not return fire. No injuries have been reported.

The neighborhood was put on lock down Tuesday night; the lock down was lifted Wednesday.

Early Wednesday morning, Hartford police made an arrest related to the shooting. The suspect has been identified as 18-year-old Alijay Wallen, of Hartford.

Wallen was charged with First Degree Attempted Assault and Unlawful Gun Possession and Discharge.

In a press conference Wednesday, police said they have no reason to believe that Wallen knew the officers were law enforcement when he shot at them.

WEB EXTRA: Hartford Police give press conference on details of the arrest made in the case

The shooting remains under investigation.

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