3 Charged in Shooting Involving Off-Duty Correction Officer

Friday, Nov 15, 2013  |  Updated 1:10 PM EDT
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Authorities are investigating a shooting involving an off-duty correction officer in Hartford late Thursday night.

Authorities are investigating a shooting involving an off-duty correction officer in Hartford late Thursday night.

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Authorities are investigating a shooting involving an off-duty correction officer in Hartford late Thursday night.

The off-duty correction officer, Mr. Angel Ortolaza  41, was stopped at a red light at Wethersfield Avenue and Main Street in his personal vehicle when a car with several people inside pulled up to him and an "aggressive conversation" took place between the two cars, according to Hartford police.

Investigators said someone inside the car pulled out a gun and opened fire on Ortolaza and the suspect car sped off. 

Ortolaza chased after them and called 911.

The suspects shot at Ortolaza during the pursuit and at some point the off-duty correction officer returned fire, police said. 

No one was injured in the shooting, according to police.

Hartford Police joined the pursuit and caught up to the vehicle about two miles away, but three people ran.

Officers tracked them down and took three suspects into custody at Cowles and Baldwin streets, police said.

Police have arrested Luis Lugo-Ortiz, 25, of Hartford, and charged him with operating a motor vehicle without a license, engaging police in pursuit, interfering with police investigation. Police said there are also 21 Hartford arrests, which are largely narcotics and motor vehicle-related charges. Bond was set at $75,000. 

Juan Ramos-Rivera, 25, was charged with interfering with a police investigation. This is his first Hartford arrest. His bond was set at $10,000.

Carlos Collazo, 24, of Hartford, was charged with criminal attempt, assault in the first degree, reckless endangerment, unlawful discharge, carrying a pistol without a permit, criminal possession of a firearm. Police said there are six Hartford arrests, including carjacking and narcotics charges. His bond was set at $500,000.

Police said a fourth person was in the suspects' car, but that person is cooperating with police and was not arrested.

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