I guess lesson number 13 for Hartford criminals might be don't fire on three guys that all are carrying guns of their own, legally with permits.
On the listed date and time Patrol Units were dispatched to 215 Branford Street for multiple shots fired
being reported. STF Units were in the area and responded with the Patrol Units. On arrival officers were
flagged down by three parties who identified themselves as pistol permit holders who had just fired their
firearms at a suspect who had attempted to shoot at them. Witnesses stated a black male arrived in the area
of 215 Branford Street in a gray Infiniti. The operator parked, exited the vehicle, and stood in the street
yelling out someone's name. The operator then produced a firearm and pointed it at a resident who was
standing on the sidewalk in front of his home. The resident stated the suspect fired shots at which point all three permit holders returned fire at the suspect .
The suspect fled west on foot out of sight, leaving his vehicle behind.
Due to no HPD K9 working, a StatePolice K9 responded. A track from the suspect vehicle tracked to the suspect hiding in the rear of 145 PalmStreet along the side of a porch. The suspect was taken into custody after a brief struggle by Detective Rodney and Trooper Charette. The suspect was still in possession of a .380 caliber firearm.
The suspect,identified as Russell Payne, was not struck by gunfire. The suspects vehicle and a citizen vehicle was struckby gunfire. Witnesses positively identified Payne as the shooter. The suspect was in possession of keys that fit the Infiniti. An extensive neighborhood canvass was conducted in the direction the shots were fired to ensure no random victims were struck by stray projectiles.
Accused Payne was irrational and violent throughout the incident. Payne spit at officers, refused to submit to
the booking process and flooded two cells.
Accused: Russell Payne, M/B/24 (12/20/1989), of 73 Lenox Street, Hartford, CT.
Charges: Carrying a Pistol w/o a Permit, Possession of Pistol w/ Obliterated S/N, Crim. Attempt Assault 1st
Degree, Assault on Police, Reckless Endangerment 2nd Degree, Threatening 2nd Degree, Interfering w/
Police, Refusal to Submit to Fingerprinting and Criminal Mischief 2nd Degree.
Firearm Seized: Bersa .380 Caliber Firearm w/ Obliterated S/N, with one chambered round and empty magazine.