Hartford firefighter shoots man; victim in serious condition

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — A Hartford firefighter shot a man around 5 p.m. Friday, leaving him in serious condition, according to police.

“We were having dinner and we heard a pop,” said Marcia Clark, who lives across the street from firefighter Donald Brown, age 54.

She didn’t think too much of it, but then the police showed up and she ran outside to find a man writhing in pain on the driveway. Officials say Brown shot 31-year-old Lascelles Reid in the abdomen near 131 Hebron Street, then told a neighbor to call police. They say the Simsbury man was taken to St. Francis Hospital with injuries that are not life-threatening.

“I didn’t get that close,” said Clark. “He was just laying there and they were working on him. I could see him moving around a lot, so he was alive it seems like.”

The 25-year-veteran of the fire department was questioned Friday evening, and told police he shot Reid once because he was in fear of him.

“He is with our major crimes detectives. He is cooperating,” Deputy Chief Brian Foley said Friday. “He has a permit. It is a legal firearm. We will work our way through the investigation and see what it turns up.”

That legal 9 mm handgun has been seized, police say.

Brown has not been arrested, and the investigation into the shooting is ongoing.

Firefighter Brown used to work at the Franklin Street Station, but is currently on light-duty working out of headquarters. He is supposed to be transferred to the station on Albany Avenue and Blue Hills Avenue once he is back on regular duty.

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