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Homicide Arrest for May 26th Shooting

On Tuesday, May 26, 2015, at 11:14 pm, Hartford Police Department Patrol Officers responded to 616 Maple Avenue for the report of shots fired, by the activation of Shot Spotter and the 911 report of a male suffering from a gunshot wound. Upon arrival, officers located a 23-year-old male victim, identified as Alexis Marrero, inside the Ciales Grocery store, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds to both the torso and hand. EMS responded and transported the Marrero to Hartford Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at 1:55 am. The Hartford Police Major Crimes Division responded to the scene and assumed investigation.

Several investigative leads were developed leading to the preparation of an arrest warrant for the accused shooter identified as Jonathan M. Contrera, 22, of Hartford, CT. On June 16, 2015, the arrest warrant was granted at GA14 with a judge set bond of $1,000,000.

On July 27, 2015, through investigation HPD/US Marshals Fugitive Task Force and HPD Shooting Task Force were able to determine the location of Contrera. The information lead HPD Detectives to several hotels in the area of Southington, where a canvas was conducted and a vehicle associated with Contrera was observed. Surveillance was established on a specific room at the Southington Motel 6. HPD Detectives apprehended Contrera at the door of the room without further incident. Contrera was transported to the Major Crimes Division for debriefing and will be processed at the Hartford Police booking facility, charging him with Murder and carrying a Pistol without a permit.

Arrest: Jonathan M. Contrera, 22, of Hartford, CT
1. Murder
2. Carrying a pistol without a permit

Victim: Alexis Marrero, 23, of Hartford, CT

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