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Police: Person of interest in killing opens fire at officer

Hartford (AP) — A man who police say is a person of interest in a Hartford homicide opened fire at a city police officer sitting in her cruiser early Tuesday, but he missed and was arrested on attempted murder and weapons charges.

The officer, who has not been named, was patrolling the city's North End at about 1:30 a.m. when the man approached her cruiser, authorities said. As they were talking, the man pulled a gun and shot at her, police said.

The gunshots missed, but the officer suffered facial cuts from door window glass shattered by the bullets, police said.

Officials said the man, Jose Cajigas, 31, tried to run away but was arrested by other officers who responded to the scene.

“This was an unprovoked attack on one of our officers that was trying to provide assistance to her attacker," Police Chief Jason Thody said in a statement. “It puts a spotlight on the dangers police officers face, even in some of the most routine situations.”

Police said Cajigas is a person of interest in the shooting death of a 53-year-old woman Monday.

It was not immediately clear if Cajigas has a lawyer who could respond to the allegations. He was detained on $2 million bail.

 

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