Police: Man Fires Gun In City, Flees Cops In Chase Through Several Towns

A man suspected of firing shots in Hartford fled city officers Monday through about a half-dozen towns before ditching the Dodge Ram in Newington, police said.

No one was injured during the late-morning pursuit on I-91 and Route 99 through Wethersfield, Rocky Hill and Cromwell. Hartford officers stopped chasing the driver, but he got onto Route 9 and drove to New Britain and then to Newington, where he left the pick-up truck behind, Newington Sgt. Christopher Perry said.

Police had not found the man as of late afternoon. They described him as a heavy-set man with facial hair and a flat-billed hat.

The chase started in the South End of Hartford about 11:30 a.m. City police lost radio contact about 10 minutes later and terminated the pursuit.

Newington police were not involved in the chase, Perry said, but officers heard the reports on the police radio’s common channel. A detective who heard that the fleeing suspect was nearby in New Britain checked the town line and found the pick-up truck abandoned at Seventh Street and Dix Avenue, he said.

Police dogs from three departments — Hartford, New Britain and the state police — sniffed for the man’s scent but were unable to find him, Perry said.

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