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East Hartford Police Identify Officers Involved in February Shooting

East Hartford police have identified the five officers who fired their service weapons when a car chase that began in East Hartford ended in a police-involved shooting in February 2018.

Authorities said the Feb. 4 pursuit began in East Hartford around 8:30 p.m. when officers spotted a car that had been reported stolen.

Police followed the car to Turtle Creek Lane in East Hartford, where police confronted the driver and fired shots.

During that confrontation, officers were injured. Officials did not provide a detailed description of that confrontation but said that the injured officers were not shot.

Police continued to pursue the suspect, who fled the scene. According to Connecticut State Police, the suspect was involved in multiple crashes with other vehicles during the pursuit.

The chase ended at the New London Turnpike near Copley Road in Glastonbury, where officers shot the suspect.

The suspect was then taken to a local hospital, where he later died of his injuries. He has been identified as 31-year-old Juan McCray.

The injured officers were treated at local hospitals for minor injuries and have been released.

East Hartford police have identified the five officers who fired their weapons during the incident – Sgt. Joseph Ficacelli, Officer Thomas Castagna, Officer Marc Caruso, Officer Richard Hill, and Officer Garrett Ostafin, They all remain on administrative duty, which is standard protocol.

Connecticut State Police Central District Major Crime Squad and the Hartford State’s Attorney’s office continue to investigate the incident.

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