Connecticut Officer Kills Suspect in Point Blank Shootout

“I’m deeply grateful that our police officer is uninjured,” Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin said. “He could very easily have been killed today.”

Still image from video released by City of Hartford shows police officer engaging armed suspect at less than a car length of range. The suspect was killed. The officer was not injured.Still image from video released by City of Hartford shows police officer engaging armed suspect at less than a car length of range. The suspect was killed. The officer was not injured.City of Hartford

A Hartford, Connecticut, police officer shot and killed a suspect in a point blank gunfight Monday afternoon. The officer was not hit.

Police responded around 2 p.m. Monday to a report of armed individuals in a vehicle who were threatening others.

After the officers pulled the vehicle over, the suspect got out of the passenger’s side and walked toward the back of the car before the officer got out of his patrol car, Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin said.

Mayor Bronin said the suspect pulled a weapon and opened fire on the officer and the officer returned fire.

The suspect was hit and died at a local hospital, WTNH reports.

“I’m deeply grateful that our police officer is uninjured,” Bronin said. “He could very easily have been killed today.”

The Connecticut Office of the Inspector General is investigating.

The name of those involved have not been released.

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