despp: ** UDPATE ** State Police Investigate Hartford Police Involved Shooting

{Connecticut State Police Patch}  
Department of Emergency Services &
Public Protection
Connecticut State Police
Public Information Office
1111 Country Club Road
Middletown, Connecticut 06457
Reuben Bradford
Colonel Danny R. Stebbins
Deputy Commissioner
Division of State Police
January 27, 2014



     On January 25, 2014, at approximately 4:47a.m., reports of shots fired were detected in the area of Lenox Street via the Shot Spotter.  At approximately the same time, two Hartford Police Officers were in the area and observed a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed.  These Hartford Police Officers observed the vehicle turn onto Winchester Street, at which time a motor vehicle stop was initiated.   Upon stopping the vehicle, the lone operator exited the vehicle and fled on foot behind residential homes.  During this foot pursuit, gunfire was exchanged by both the fleeing suspect and a Hartford Police Officer.  The suspect was struck and presumed dead at the scene. 

      The Connecticut State Police Central District Major Crime Unit is investigating this incident led by the Hartford Office of The State’s Attorney, also assisted by the Hartford Police Department

     The involved Hartford Police Officers are identified Randall Finucane, with nearly 2 years of service and Craig McLennan, with 2 ˝ years of service.  Officer Finucane was evaluated at an area hospital for possible injuries and subsequently released.

**  UPDATE **

     On 01/26/14, the Office of the Chief State’s Medical Examiner conducted an autopsy of the deceased. The Medical Examiner determined that the cause and manner of death was ruled to be suicide by self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.  Physical and forensic evidence gathered by State Police Detectives at the shooting scene, as well as interviews conducted by Troopers with family and witnesses, support this finding.

     Evidence has determined that the Hartford Police officers who fired their weapons did not wound the deceased suspect. Notification has been made to the Hartford State’s Attorney, Hartford Police, and the victim’s family members.


     The deceased is identified as:  Sweeney, Ramesh Dwayne,  DOB: 02/06/86, of 17 Winchester Ave. Hartford. 


     The State Police Investigation is continuing.  



Lt. J. Paul Vance

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