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Officer threats investigated in Hartford

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Police in Hartford said they're investigating several threats against officers.

Officers said they arrested  Alexander McCann, Anthony Cruzado and Brandon McArthur. A fourth could be coming soon.

Police said McCann was already being held at police headquarters on Sunday when he threatened to kill an officer "just like the officers in Dallas."

They said McCann was already being detained on charges of assaulting officers. When he asked the officer what he was being charged with, the officer told him. At that point, police said McCann became enraged and made the threat. Given the previous charges, police deemed the threat to be credible.

Cruzado was found to be walking in and out of traffic in the area of Farmington Avenue and Sisson Avenue Tuesday, according to police.

Callers stated that he was throwing items at cars and yelling about killing cops.

After police located Cruzado, he was positively identified by an eyewitness and charged with second-degree breach of peace.

McArthur was being guarded by an officer at Hartford Hospital Wednesday when police said he threatened to kill the officer when he's released.

"I swear on my grandmother's grave that as soon as I get out of here I'm going too shoot you in the face," the suspect allegedly said. "I have a bullet with your name on it."

McArthur also threatened to kill the officer's children and blow up his house and car, according to police. He also stated that he'd place bombs in the police cruisers of the officers who helped.

McArthur was charged with three counts of second-degree threatening.

Hartford Deputy Chief Brian Foley said the threats were out of vengeance and all three men had criminal pasts.

"these are people who are in a bad way have just been arrested, in custody and trying to get back at the officer for arresting him," Foley said.  

He said the officers will not let the threats keep them from doing their work.

"What's important is our city know we aren't going to change the way we do business. We aren't operating in fear out here, said Foley.

Police said the fourth case is still under investigation.

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