Police: man fired gun in Hartford dispute

Ruben Reyes (Police photo)

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) – A man who police say pistol-whipped another man and shot at the ground outside of a Hartford grocery store June 9 has been arrested.

After the first incident, he returned to the grocery store and made threats while brandishing the gun, police said. He was arrested July 24.

Ruben Reyes, 28, of Hartford, is charged with second-degree assault with a firearm, carrying a pistol without a permit, criminal possession of a firearm, unlawful discharge of a firearm, first-degree reckless endangerment, first-degree threatening and second-degree breach of the peace.

“On June 9, 2014, Hartford Police patrol officers and Shooting Task Force units responded to 1048 Capitol Ave. for an assault with a firearm and a shot fired. On arrival officers located a crime scene consisting of blood in front of the Villa Brava Grocery,” police said. “Closed circuit video showed a Hispanic male suspect confront another unidentified male apparently conducting a street-level drug transaction.”

“The Hispanic male suspect is observed removing a firearm from his waistband and pistol whips the unidentified male in the face. The Hispanic male suspect then fires one shot towards the victim’s feet and motions the victim to leave the area,” police said.

On July 18, Reyes returned to the store and threatened workers there while brandishing a firearm, police said.

After his arrest on July 24, he was held on $250,000 bond for a court appearance.

WTNH NEWS8 provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Also, you can now block any inappropriate user by simple selecting the drop down menu on the right of any comment and selection "Block User" from there.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s