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Hartford PD: Officer shoots and kills suspect after ‘violent attack’

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HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Hartford police say they are investigating after an officer shot and killed a suspect on Interstate 84 westbound in Hartford around 9 p.m. Friday.

According to police, officers tried to pull over the car at Russ Street and New Park Avenue. Police say the driver refused to pull over. They pursued the car onto the I-84 West on-ramp. That is where police say they deployed a stop-stick.

The passenger surrendered immediately, according to police. When officers approached the driver, police say the driver “violently attacked” an officer.

A fight ensued and the driver eventually grabbed the officer’s gun, according to police.

“At one point the officer can be heard yelling that the driver had his weapon,” Interim Police Chief Jason Thody said. “As the driver was pulled from the vehicle, he was in possession of the officer’s gun. At that point the driver was shot.”

Investigators are now reviewing body camera footage from three police officers.

Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin said, “I watched that video footage last night and what I see on that video is what Chief Thody just described.”

Bronin says he is working to get the body camera footage released.

“I think it’s important that the public see that video as quickly as possible,” Bronin said.

Police are still investigating what led up to the initial traffic stop. They also have not released the names of anyone involved.

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