Hartford police investigate 4 overdoses in 12 hours

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HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Hartford police are investigating a fourth overdose that occurred overnight on Broad Street, after three others were found in a Green Street apartment early Tuesday evening.

Deputy Chief Brian Foley with the Hartford Police Department says that patrol officers discovered a male victim near 88 Broad Street around 2 a.m. on Wednesday morning. Foley says he was incapacitated and “with a needle in his arm,” but no other paraphernalia was nearby. Officers may have been looking for uniquely stamped heroin bags that could link this incident to last night’s overdoses on Green Street.

The victim found on Broad Street was revived with Narcan on-scene, and is reported to be in stable condition at Hartford Hospital.

Around 6:40 p.m. on Tuesday evening, Hartford patrol officers responded to an apartment at 77 Green Street, where they found three unresponsive individuals. Hartford firefighters and medics administered Narcan to all three individuals, and police say only two victims survived. One male victim was pronounced dead at 7:40 p.m. by the attending physician at St. Francis Hospital.

During a press conference, Hartford police underscored the severity of the situation, indicative of what Deputy Chief Foley dubbed a “hot batch,” or highly lethal, batch of heroin. The bags found in the Green Street apartment will be tested for fentanyl.

Major Crimes detectives, Vice and Narcotics detectives, and Crime Scene detectives arrived to assume control of the scene. The investigation is ongoing.

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