Man Shot by Hartford Police Identified, Arrested at Hospital

Connecticut State Police have identified and arrested the man who was shot by Hartford Police following a family violence incident on Friday.

Troopers said 39-year-old Dennis Lamar Lawrence, of Hartford, was arrested at Saint Francis Hospital around 4 p.m. Friday afternoon.

According to police, Lawrence was the offender in a family violence incident that resulted in an officer-involved shooting.

Police said two patrol officers responded to a 911 call that reported a man with a knife was holding a woman hostage in the 400 block of Garden Street shortly before 11 a.m.

When officers arrived, a man with a knife, later identified as Lawrence, confronted them.

The officers pleaded with him several times to drop the knife, according to police. When he refused, Officer Chris White, a 15-year veteran of the force, fired his weapon and hit Lawrence. The second officer on scene, Officer Michael Bodner, did not fire his weapon.

Lawrence was taken to St. Francis Hospital, where he required surgery, police said. Neither of the two officers were hurt, but both were sent to the hospital for observation.

Lawrence is facing charges including unlawful restraint, assault, threatening, disorderly conduct, reckless endangerment, criminal attempt at assault on an elderly person and carrying a dangerous weapon.

He was held on a $150,000 bond and is scheduled to be in court on Monday.

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