WINDSOR LOCKS -- 38-year-old Antoine Barnes turned himself into Hartford police after Windsor Locks police said he killed his ex-girlfriend’s new boyfriend.
“I had no clue what was going on. I just heard shots earlier,” said Fred Warner.
Nearly a dozen shots rang out at an apartment complex in Windsor Locks. Leroy Jefferson, 35, of Hartford was found dead in the back of the building.
“Some type of an exchange of words prior to the gunshots and the suspect brandished a firearm and unloads on this gentleman,” said Lt. Paul Cherniack of the Windsor Locks Police Department.
Police said Barnes confronted his ex-girlfriend and new boyfriend around 10:50 am in the hallway of the Bradley House Apartments at 131 Old Country road.
"Something went down right there, and he fell out into the doorway which is why the door is propped open," said Lt. Cherniack.
Barnes and his ex-girlfriend live at the complex in separate rooms. They have a child together.
"People move into a building like this they look for a safe building and they don’t want this. This is craziness," said Bill Pfaffenbichler.
Police say Barnes fired 10 to 12 shots at Jefferson killing him before turning the gun on his ex-girlfriend. They say he pulled the trigger, but the gun didn’t fire.
Barnes fled the scene in a green 1998 Nissan Pathfinder, sparking a manhunt. South Street Elementary School, where the child goes, went into a soft lock down to ensure Barnes did not try to pickup the child.
A Windsor Locks police officer was able to get in touch with Barnes on his cellphone. He tried to persuade Barns to turn himself in peacefully.
"Fortunately, for all of us and all parties involved he did do that and turned himself into Hartford Police Department," said Lt. Cherniack.
Police were able to recover the vehicle and the handgun used. The State Police Major Crimes Squad investigated the crime scene.
"We’re thankful for this resolution as horrific as the case actually is," said Lt. Cherniack
Barnes is currently in Windsor Locks police custody. He has not formally been charged yet, but police expect criminal charges to be issued.
Hartford police tweeted:
Person of interest in Windsor Locks homicide in custody at the HPD. POI approached a detective and officer in front of the public safety complex and identified himself, surrendered peacefully. We will be working with our partners at WLPD. -LT. PC
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