Teen Accused of Shooting Hartford Cop Held on $3 Million

Clifton West
Hartford Police Dept.

A teenager accused of shooting Officer David Ragion, a Hartford police officer, early Saturday morning is being held on $3 million bond.

Clifton West, 18 of Hartford, appeared in court on Monday to face charges connected with a shooting on Saturday.

Several officers responded to a call of a person with a gun early Saturday morning and West fled the scene and police tried to stop him on Mather Street, Hartford police said.

While police chased West on foot, he pulled a gun and began firing, hitting Ragion multiple times.

Ragion was rushed to St. Francis Hospital with gunshot wounds to the leg and shoulder. He was also struck in his bulletproof vest. The officer was treated and released later Saturday afternoon, according to police.

Police said West is someone they've had dealings with before and the house.
Police arrested West a few hours later at a residence on Pliny Street. He is charged with criminal attempt to commit murder, first-degree assault and assault on a police officer.

West was arraigned in Hartford Superior Court on Monday and Mayor Pedro Segarra appeared during the arraignment.

Ragion has been released from the hospital. West's case was continued to July 26.

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