HARTFORD — A Superior Court judge set bail at more than $1 million for a man who police say was shot at when he pointed his gun at an officer investigating a carjacking.
Bail for Derrick Gray, 28, of Hartford was set at $1,025,000; he is scheduled to return to court Aug. 19. The bail covers a charge of violation of probation in addition to charges that include criminal attempt to commit first-degree assault, first-degree robbery, first-degree reckless endangerment and criminal possession of a weapon.
According to police, the officer was searching for a carjacking suspect early Thursday in the area of Campfield Avenue and Adelaide Street when he came face to face with the suspect, who police say was Gray.
The officer, identified as Officer John Suarez, gave the suspect three sets of commands to drop the gun, but he wouldn't, the report says; Suarez fired twice, but missed.
Gray's gun, it turns out, was jammed.
Earlier, about 3:35 a.m., police received several 911 calls about a carjacking on Broad Street with a shot fired.
The victim was pulling into an apartment building at 1891 Broad St. when a man — Gray — pointed a gun at him and demanded his belongings, according to the report. The driver put his car in reverse and tried to leave, but he crashed into a fence and was again approached at gunpoint.
He got out of the car and handed over his backpack, police said. The suspect forced him to walk away and as he did, he noticed the gun was still pointed at him. Then, he heard a gunshot and ran. He was not struck.
Police recovered a shell casing, believed to be from the suspect's gun, on Broad Street. Gray appeared to be under the influence of narcotics, they said.