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Suspect in officer-involved shooting remains in hospital

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The scene on Park Street Wednesday night. (WFSB photo) The scene on Park Street Wednesday night. (WFSB photo)

A Hartford police officer remained in stable condition on Thursday after being struck by a car in the line of duty.

Police said 28-year-old Christopher Reh was threatening to harm himself and police on Wednesday night.

As a result, police said the officer, identified as Andrew Nelson Jr., fired several shots and injured the suspect, who was then taken into custody.

Before the incident, police said they issued a Silver Alert for Reh. They said he was armed with a knife and drove from South Windsor to Hartford.

Police caught up to him on Park Street.

They said three officers responded and attempted to calm Reh down, but he charged forward in his car. That’s when he struck one of the officers.

That officer was able to fire at least four shots, according to police. He was taken to Hartford Hospital.

After the shots were fired, Reh slammed into a building at 577 Park St.

Reh was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Reh's mother, Jackie Root, said officers did the right thing.

"I want to say thank you and that you did a suburb job and I believe you handled the situation perfectly," Root said.

Root told police her son was depressed and was previously suicidal.

Eyewitness News spoke to a man who was on his way home from work when he heard those shots.

“I heard quite a few gunshots, maybe four or five, and I couldn't tell where it was coming from,” said Ricardo Elliott of Hartford. “But it was enough to let me know that someone was shooting at someone."

“Park Street is blanketed with video cameras,” said Deputy Chief Brian Foley, Hartford Police Department. “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."

Police have not released the injured officer’s name. They said he is expected to be ok.

Reh remained in the hospital as of Thursday. Police was unable to make his 11 a.m. court arraignment.

Reh is being charged with criminal attempt to commit murder, assault on police, reckless driving, operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license, and evading responsibility.

The arrest warrant for Reh has a $1 million bond. Reh is in police custody at the hospital awaiting his release and arrest.

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