Man Charged in Shooting of Off-Duty Hartford Firefighter

A 37-year-old Hartford man has been charged with armed robbery and attempted murder in connection with the shooting of an off-duty Hartford firefighter in an industrial park in Rocky Hill in April.

Jesus Perez has been charged with attempted murder, first-degree assault, first-degree robbery with a deadly weapon, tampering with or fabricating evidence, criminal possession of a pistol or revolver.

Rocky Hill Police said they were called to respond to Belamose Avenue around 10 p.m. on April 20 and called in police from Newington and Wethersfield to help search the large 60-acre industrial park, consisting of several businesses, for the victim and shooter.

A short time later, officers found the victim, Jimmy Ngo, a Hartford firefighter, inside one of the businesses in the park. He had been shot five times, once in the face and four times in the back, officials said.

Hartford Fire Captain Raul Ortiz said Ngo was off-duty at the time of the shooting. Ngo is still recovering from the injuries he sustained in the shooting and is home, surrounded by family.

"We continue to wish him a full and speedy recovery," Ortiz said.

Perez is being held on a $750,000 bond.

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