Drug Investigation Leads to Chase - NBC Connecticut

Drug Investigation Leads to Chase

Police arrest a drug suspect after a chase through Hartford and East Hartford.



    Gunfire and a wild chase were the exclamation points on a narcotics investigation in Hartford. (Published Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012)

    What started as a drug investigation in Hartford led to a police chase, shots fired, and the lock-in of two city schools.

    It all started near Columbus Boulevard and Arch Street late Tuesday morning when local and federal officers involved in an undercover drug investigation approached Jose Diaz, according to police.

    What happened immediately after that is not clear, but a law enforcement officer fired at Diaz as he sped off, according to police.  Diaz led police on a chase through Hartford, into East Hartford, and then back to Hartford hitting several cars along the way, police said.

    Police have not said if Diaz was armed or if he fired any shots at the officers.

    "There's an ongoing investigation involving the shooting.  I can't release or speculate as to exactly what had happened," said Lt. Brian Foley of the Hartford Police Department.

    Diaz eventually ditched his banged up Nissan Maxima behind an apartment building at 279 Wethersfield Avenue and then ran inside the building, according to police.

    Police surrounded the building and arrested him a short time later, they said.

    A lock-in was issued at Alfred E. Burr Elementary School and Bulkeley High School in Hartford during the incident, but has since been lifted, according to school officials.

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