Hartford murder suspect arrested in Vernon motel

Zachary Alexander, 26, charged with Dec. 15 murder in Hartford.

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Hartford police arrested a murder suspect on Friday in connection with a deadly shooting in December 2015.

According to officials, officers found 26-year-old Zachary Alexander staying at the Days Inn Motel on the Hartford Turnpike in Vernon. Police had a warrant out for Alexander’s arrest, after investigations revealed that he shot and killed 22-year-old Edison Burge back on Dec. 12, police said.

When officers originally responded to 911 calls of the shooting near 20 Griswold Street, officers found Burge suffering from multiple gunshot wounds, according to police. The shooting happened just after 4 pm. Burge was transported to Hartford Hospital but was soon pronounced dead.

Investigators were able to quickly identify Alexander as the suspect and obtained a judge-issued arrest warrant on Dec. 17.

[Courtesy: Hartford Police Department]
[Courtesy: Hartford Police Department]
Detectives say Alexander had been on the run from police, and could not be found after numerous attempts. But police finally tracked him down at the Vernon motel on Jan. 22. Authorities say Alexander was arrested and taken into custody after a brief struggle and trying to escape out of the hotel window.

Alexander has been charged with murder, criminal possession of a firearm, and sale of narcotics. He is being held on $1,000,000 bond and is due in court on Monday.

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