HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) – Hartford police have arrested a man who is accused of firing a gun at a police officer early Tuesday morning.
Around 1:30 a.m., Hartford police said an officer was conducting patrol in a parking lot on Main Street when a man walked up to her cruiser.
As the officer talked to the man to find out if he needed assistance, and taking the time to call an ambulance just in case, he reportedly took out a gun and fired through the driver’s side window of the cruiser.
Gunshots narrowly missed the officer, according to police.
The cruiser’s window shattered which resulted in the officer suffering from cuts to her face.
She was able to move her cruiser to avoid any further danger, and that’s when the man ran away.
Responding officers were able to catch up to the suspect and take him into custody.
He’s been identified as 31-year-old Jose Cajigas, and is being charged with criminal attempt to commit murder, criminal possession of a firearm, and unlawful discharge of a firearm.
A gun was recovered at the scene.
The officer was taken to the hospital for treatment.
Police said Cajigas has a long criminal history, with 13 arrests under his belt.
He has also been identified as a 'person of interest' in a recent Hartford homicide that happened on Spring Street.
According to police, they were able to link a casing found in the officer's car to casings found at the scene of a murder on Spring Street Monday, where a woman was found dead.
His most recent arrest was on Oct. 15, where he was arrested for violation of probation and was found to be in possession of another firearm.
Cajigas is currently being held on a $2 million bond.
Hartford Police Chief Jason Thody released a statement on Tuesday saying "This was an unprovoked attack on one of our officers that was trying to provide assistance to her attacker. It puts a spotlight on the dangers police officers face, even in some of the most routine situations. I am thankful that she showed bravery and quick-thinking to escape her attacker while keeping him in sight until her fellow officers could assist. All of the officers involved did an outstanding job in taking a dangerous individual into custody, making our community a safer place, and ensuring that all of our officers went home safe at the end of the shift."
“We are incredibly grateful and incredibly lucky that she is okay, physically. This was an attack that could have easily have ended with an officer critically injured or killed. It is clear that the intent of this individual who committed this crime was to kill one of our officers," Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin said Tuesday.
Police have not released the name of the officer who was shot at, but they say she has been with the department for two years.