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Suspect arrested in West Hartford shooting that left man seriously injured

Police said the shooting appears to be an isolated incident.

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. — West Hartford police arrested a man connected to a shooting on Maplewood Avenue that left another man seriously injured Wednesday evening.

Police said at around 9:05 p.m., a 911 call came in reporting that a person at a home in the neighborhood was shot and needed medical attention.

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Officers responded and found the male victim in the house with a gunshot wound to his head. He was taken to the hospital with serious injuries.

There were several juveniles in the home at the time of the shooting, and police said they were not injured.

Multiple agencies, including the Farmington police, assisted in finding the suspect, according to West Hartford PD. As Christon Mitchell, 32, of Mansfield drove past the Farmington Police Department, officers deployed tire deflation devices that ended an ongoing pursuit. West Hartford police then took Mitchell into custody.

Mitchell is facing the following charges in connection to the shooting:

  • Criminal attempt at Murder
  • Assault 1st degree with a firearm 
  • Home Invasion 
  • Risk of Injury to a child - Two counts
  • Criminal Possession of a pistol/revolver 
  • Illegal discharge of a firearm
  • Threatening 1st degree 
  • Reckless Endangerment 1st degree 

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Police said Mitchell is a convicted felon on the Connecticut Deadly Weapon Registry and is currently on Federal Probation for previous weapons charges. He is being held on a $2 million bond and is set to appear in court on Friday.

Police said the shooting appears to be an isolated incident.

This incident remains under investigation.

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