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Willimantic home invasion suspect put on medical watch after court appearance

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Ordro Fletcher was arrested following a home invasion, officer-involved shooting and police pursuit in Willimantic Tuesday. (State police/WFSB) Ordro Fletcher was arrested following a home invasion, officer-involved shooting and police pursuit in Willimantic Tuesday. (State police/WFSB)
WILLIMANTIC, CT (WFSB) -

A home invasion suspect, who was shot at by a Willimantic police detective, faced a judge on Wednesday morning.

Career criminal Ordro Fletcher, of New Britain, was arraigned at Danielson Superior Court on Wednesday. In court, Eyewitness News learned that Fletcher was released from corrections in June after serving 54 months.

Fletcher's recent arrest comes after police said they were dispatched to an attempted burglary at a home on Ashland Street around 2 p.m. on Tuesday. 

Police said 56-year-old Fletcher, who is a father of two, left the home in a vehicle as officers arrived on scene. A vehicle pursuit took place, but was quickly ended.

Detectives said they later found Fletcher after he was involved in a car crash.

As they approached him, they said he tried to run over one of the detectives. They said he struck several cruisers and parked vehicles. The officer fired his weapon, but Fletcher remained illusive and fled on foot.

Willimantic schools were locked down around 2:30 p.m. as the search continued.

The citywide search led to him being captured in the city by a Willimantic police patrol. At that point, he was arrested without incident and confessed to burglary and motor vehicle crimes.

State police were called to investigate, as is standard procedure whenever an officer fires his weapon.

"We are pleased that the victim of this incident was not injured," said Cpl. Stanley Parizo Jr., Willimantic police. "No police officers involved were injured, and the assailant is now in custody."

Fletcher was charged with reckless driving, engaging in a police pursuit, evading, operating without a license, second-degree burglary, second-degree criminal mischief, breach of peace, first degree criminal attempted assault and first-degree reckless endangerment.

Fletcher's public defender told the court his client's actions Tuesday were fueled by his ongoing issue with substance abuse.  

The suspect said during a police interview "he was not going to go back to jail, and that he was going to do everything possible not to," according to a police affidavit obtained by Eyewitness News

After his court appearance, Fletcher's bond is at $250,000 with a transfer Oct. 7 to part A. A health and medical watch has been ordered during his incarceration.

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