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Hartford officer struck by car, fires at driver who made threats

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A Hartford police officer was hit by a car on Wednesday night while trying to stop an "emotionally disturbed person." (WFSB) A Hartford police officer was hit by a car on Wednesday night while trying to stop an "emotionally disturbed person." (WFSB)
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HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

An on-duty Hartford police officer fired his gun after being hit by a car on Wednesday night while trying to stop an "emotionally disturbed person."

Dozens of crews responded to the city's south end, to the area of Park and Hungerford streets

Hartford police said on Wednesday evening they were assisting South Windsor police in locating a person identified as 28-year-old Christopher Reh.

Police said Reh was armed with a knife and threatened to harm himself, family and police.

When police traced his location to Hungerford and Park streets, three Hartford police officers responded were able to locate Reh.

They tried to calm Reh down, but that didn't work. Reh reportedly drove into several police cruisers before hitting a Hartford police officer.

Before the officer went down, or possibly as he was getting up, he was able to fire at least fired four shots. Two struck Reh in the arm.

The officer has non-life threatening injuries and was taken to Hartford Hospital.

Reh was taken to St. Francis Hospital where police said he is in stable condition.

"Park Street is blanketed with video cameras. We will have video evidence recovered from this situation, but we have shell casings. We want to put this scene together forensically as best we can," said Hartford Deputy Police Chief Brian Foley.

Police said three Hartford police cruisers were damaged during the incident.

Police said part of Park Street will remain closed throughout the night, and Broad Street at Park Street is closed as well.

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