officer on administrative duty as fatal shooting is probed
May 9, 2005
Associated Press HARTFORD, Conn. -- An 18-year-old shot and killed
by a city police officer Saturday night died of a gunshot wound
to the head, police said Monday.
Officer Robert Lawlor, a 17-year
veteran of the force, has been assigned to administrative duty
pending the outcome of an investigation into the death of Jashon
Bryant, said Hartford Chief Patrick Harnett.
"I express my deep regard for the loss of another life in
this city," Harnett said.
Harnett said police are still trying to piece together Saturday
Lawlor and Dan Prather, an Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agent,
approached a car in a Main Street parking lot in the city's North
End around 7:30 p.m. with their badges visible, Harnett said.
They spoke to the two occupants of the car, and the authorities
believed the two occupants had a gun, he said. The authorities
gave the two men several commands, but they did not comply, Harnett
"What happened next is unclear," Harnett
Lawlor fired his gun, striking Bryant and Brandon Henry, Harnett
said. Henry, whose age was not made available by police, allegedly
drove the car from the scene, and after a crash, fled on foot.
He was captured hiding under a porch, Harnett said.
Bryant died at St. Francis Hospital of a gunshot wound to the
head, and Henry was treated and released from Hartford Hospital,
police said. Henry has been charged with possession of narcotics,
A gun has not been recovered, police said.
The Rev. Cornell Lewis, a Hartford community activist, said
police need to provide more details about the shooting.
"There's a lot of unrest," he said. "The
answers are not satisfying."
Bryant's uncle, John Thomas,
said his nephew "had the type
of smile, he didn't have to speak to me," he told WVIT-TV. "He
just smiled at me.
Thomas said the police "need
to be held accountable, just like average citizens with weapons."
The shooting capped a weekend of violence. Police said Edward
Bell, 34, was shot and killed in front of apartments on George
Street in the South End Friday. Earlier in the day, two men were
shot on Branford Street. Karl Miller, 24, was treated and released
from St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center, and another man
died. Police have not identified the deceased victim.
Reprinted with permission of the Hartford Courant.
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