On Tuesday August 12, 2014 at approximately 11:29pm, Hartford Public Safety dispatch received three 911 calls reporting a person shot in the area of 363 Sigourney Street. Approximately 4 to 6 gunshots were reported. Hartford Police Department Patrol Officers responded to the location and located the victim, Deon Palmer DOB 02/29/1996, lying face down suffering from apparent gunshot wounds to his right thigh and chest. EMS personnel transported Palmer to Saint Francis hospital where he underwent emergency surgery. Palmer subsequently succumb to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at 02:36am.
HPD Major Crimes Division Detectives working homicide assumed the investigation. On September 17, 2014, Detectives applied for and obtained an arrest warrant for Brandon Henry, 08/26/83 of Hartford. The listed charges on the warrant are as follows:
1. Felony Murder
2. Reckless Endangerment 1st
3. Criminal Possession of a Firearm
With a bond of $2.5 Million
Henry is currently incarcerated for a separate Hartford incident. He is expected to be served the warrant on Friday, 9/26/14 at GA14 in Hartford.
May 27, 2014 12:36pm, Hartford Police Department Patrol Officers were responded to 388 Garden Street, after a private duty police officer reported hearing gunshots in the area. Responding officers located a 22 year-old male victim suffering from a gunshot wound to the chest. The victim was shot once in the chest and transported by private vehicle to St. Francis Hospital. HPD Major Crimes Division Detectives assumed the investigation. Initially listed critical after surgery, the victim has since recovered.
Citizens provided verified information to detectives, and intelligence was developed which lead to Cleveland Brown, 21, of Hartford, being identified as the shooter. Detectives applied for and obtained an arrest warrant for Brown. On September 23, 2014 Brown was taken into custody by a by Patrol Officers and taken to the HPD Major Crimes Division for an interview with detectives. Brown was booked, arrested and charged with Assault if the 1st Degree and Carrying a Pistol without a permit. Brown was given a $500,000 bond.
On June 24, 2014, just after 9:00pm, Hartford Police Department Patrol Officers were dispatched to 154 Adams Street for a person shot. Responding officers located the victim, later identified as Jose Torres, 33 of Hartford. Torres, suffering from a fatal gunshot wound, was transported to the St. Francis Hospital and pronounced deceased a short time later. Initial investigation showed the shooting occurred during a cookout where numerous adults and children were present. Hartford Police Department- Major Crimes Division Detectives working homicide assumed the investigation.
Citizens provided verified information to detectives and intelligence was developed which lead to Tayshawn "Kanye" Simms, 02/21/91, of Hartford, being identified as the shooter. On September 23, 2014, homicide detectives applied for and obtained an arrest warrant for Simms. Tayshawn "Kanye" Simms was captured a short time later by members of the HPD North Conditions Team as well as the Hartford Police Intelligence Division. Simms was transported to the HPD Major Crimes Division, interviewed by homicide detectives, and booked.
Simms, having been arrested by HPD on numerous previous occasions, was charged with Murder and given a $2,000,000 bond.
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Public Safety Complex
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Hartford CT, 06103