Suspect in Hartford Police Shooting Identified

By Ari Mason
|  Friday, Aug 16, 2013  |  Updated 2:50 PM EDT
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Suspect in Hartford Police Shooting Identified

Police have identified the suspect killed in an officer-involved shooting in Hartford this May.

Five months after the police shooting that killed a stabbing suspect in Hartford, police are releasing the suspect’s identity.

It happened March 15 around 10 p.m. when Hartford police responded to the report of a disturbance at 24 Heath Street. Officers arrived to find a trail of blood leading to the building and a suspect wielding a box cutter. He threatened police, and one of the officers shot him.

“That individual was armed with a box-cutter knife. The officer told him several times to disarm... He advanced and lunged toward the officer, which caused one of the officers to draw the service weapon,” said state police spokesman Lt. Paul Vance.

The suspect has been identified as 52-year-old Jesus Espinosa. He was pronounced dead at St. Francis Hospital.

The State Police Central District Major Crime Squad Detectives are investigating the incident.

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