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Police identify driver shot, critically injured during chase

January 24, 2019

LEDYARD, Conn. (AP) — Police have identified a driver who was critically injured after he was shot by officers and crashed into a tree in Connecticut.

State Police say they tried to stop 35-year-old Francisco Hernandez in Ledyard late Sunday after he almost struck a cruiser.

Troopers and local police gave chase and deployed stop sticks to try and stop Hernandez. They say the vehicle then pulled into a driveway and sped at an officer who had left his cruiser.

Police say two Ledyard officers fired shots at Hernandez, who was struck and drove into a tree.

He was taken to Yale-New Haven Hospital in critical condition.

No officers were injured.

Police say charges against Hernandez are pending. An investigation is ongoing.

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