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Hartford officer shoots and kills man who opened fire at police, authorities say

Police tape spans Barbour Street in Hartford where police investigated the shooting of a man they say fired a handgun after getting out of his car threatening people. Officers returned fire after arriving on the scene and the man was later pronounced dead at the hospital.
Mark Mirko
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Connecticut Public
Police tape spans Barbour Street in Hartford where police investigated the shooting of a man they say fired a handgun after getting out of his car and threatening people. Officers returned fire after arriving on the scene and the man was later pronounced dead at the hospital.

A Hartford police officer shot and killed a man who authorities say was armed and shot at police.

The shooting happened Monday afternoon at Westland and Barbour streets.

Hartford police received a dispatch call about a vehicle with an armed individual who was threatening others, Mayor Luke Bronin said.

“Officers pulled the car over, and an individual on the passenger side got out of the car and aimed and fired a handgun at the police officer as he approached,” Bronin said in a note posted on Facebook.

The officer returned fire.

The individual was transported to a local hospital, where he died.

The officer was not injured.

“This is a difficult and painful thing for our community and that’s why we want to share what we can when we can," Bronin said Monday afternoon at a press conference. "I am deeply grateful that our police officer is uninjured. He could have very easily been killed."

The state inspector general will conduct an independent investigation, the mayor said.

Bronin said the community deserves as much information as possible as quickly as possible, including video footage from the scene.

”I hope that we all will be able to see that footage as soon as possible," he said. "We believe it is important to be as transparent as possible and show every bit of footage that we can find from all cameras.”

This is a developing story, which will be updated.

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