HARTFORD — A Hartford police officer searching for a carjacking suspect early Thursday came face to face with the suspect and his handgun, then fired two rounds. No one was struck by gun fire.
"The officer walks around the corner of a house [and] sees the suspect pointing a gun at him," Deputy Police Chief Brian Foley said Thursday morning.
The officer's shots missed and the suspect's handgun was jammed, officers determined a short time later. The officer was not identified.
The man, Derrick Gray, 28, of Hartford, was caught after a chase and charged with criminal attempt of first-degree assault, unlawful discharge of a firearm, first-degree robbery, criminal possession of a firearm, carrying a pistol without a permit and reckless endangerment, police said. Gray is a convicted felon.
The incident unfolded about 3:35 a.m. when police received several 911 calls about a carjacking on Broad Street with a shot fired.
It ended about 10 minutes later a short distance away at Campfield Avenue and Adelaide Street when, after a foot chase, the officer came face-to-face with the suspect.
Police recovered a shell casing, believed to be from the suspect's gun, on Broad Street.
Police were not able to talk to or identify the alleged carjacking suspect initially, Foley said "It appeared obvious to investigators that he was on some sort of narcotic or hallucinogen," he said.
Major crimes and internal affairs division detectives investigated.
The initial call to 911 was from a person calling to report a car had crashed into their yard, Foley said. A moment later, the victim in the attempted carjacking called police.
Gray is being held on $775,000 bond.
Courant Staff Writer Nicholas Rondinone contributed to this story.