Hartford Local Questioned for Shooting

Pedro E. Segarra

City of Hartford Police Department
50 Jennings Road
Hartford, Connecticut 06120
(860) 757-4000

James C. Rovella
Chief of Police

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From the City of Hartford Office of Communications and New Media

For Immediate Release:    Monday, August 13, 2012


(Hartford) – Police Chief James C. Rovella today announced the Hartford Shooting Task Force has made an arrest following an investigation into a serious assault with a firearm that occurred in the vicinity of Hillside Avenue and Ward Place on September 11, 2011, which left a victim shot seven times.  The victim, though seriously injured, recovered from his injuries.

Joseph Soto, 21, of 110 Laurel Street, Hartford, has been charged by Hartford Police with first degree assault and carrying a pistol without a permit.  Soto remains in custody on a $750,000 bond.

In commenting on the arrest, Police Chief Rovella said, “I commend Task Force members Inspector Edwin Rodriguez, Hartford Police Detective David Ragion, and Hartford Police Officer Tanya Ortiz, for their relentless pursuit of information about this incident that has lead to the arrest of this violent individual.  Soto’s violent actions on September 11, 2011, spurred a number of retaliatory shooting incidents which the Hartford Shooting Task Force continues to investigate in order to bring those responsible to justice and held accountable for the violence they perpetrate in our city.”

Anyone with information on this incident or other shooting incidents can contact Sergeant Sean Spell, Supervisor of the Hartford Shooting Task Force, at 860-757-4112, the Hartford Police Department’s Major Crimes Division Commander Lieutenant Brian Foley at 860-757-4463, or Sergeant Brandon O’Brien at 860-757-4089.

Anonymous, confidential tips for cash rewards may be made on-line or by phone at Hartford Crime stoppers 860-722-TIPS (8477).

Joseph Soto, DOB 9/22/1990, 110 Laurel Street, Hartford

On July 5, 2011, Mayor Segarra, joined by Chief State’s Attorney Kane, State’s Attorney Hardy, then Chief Inspector James C. Rovella, and others, launched the Shooting Task Force, a collaboration of local, state and federal law enforcement agencies dedicated to eradicating gun violence in Connecticut’s Capital City.  A partnership between the Hartford Police Department, Office of the Hartford State’s Attorney, Office of the Chief State’s Attorney, the Connecticut State Police, the Connecticut Departments of Correction and Parole, and the West Hartford, Manchester, Wethersfield and East Hartford police departments, the Hartford Shooting Task Force is charged with investigating gun violence and bringing those responsible for such violence to prosecution.  It also collaborates with the Violent Crimes Bureau and the Witness Protection Unit in the Office of the Chief State’s Attorney and in conjunction with the Central Connecticut Cold Case Task Force.  During the first year of its operation, from July 5, 2012 through June 30, 2012, the City of Hartford has seen a 31.48% reduction in shooting victims.  Visit police.hartford.gov for more information about the Hartford Shooting Task Force.

Contact:   Nancy M Mulroy, Executive Assistant for Communications,  860-757-4021 or 860-550-1025
City of Hartford Office of Communications and New Media
Maribel LaLuz, Director, 860-757-9731
Visit police.hartford.gov  for more Public Safety News

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