Hartford police have arrested a woman who is accused of shooting at her estranged husband outside a grocery store in Hartford on Thursday evening.
Police responded to Wethersfield Avenue, at Elliot Street, just after 6:36 p.m. after someone reported her daughter tried to shoot her husband during an altercation, police said.
The patrol officers who responded found a 31-year-old man outside the Premium Grocery at 347 Wethersfield Ave. and he said his estranged wife, 31-year-old Madeline Mercado, approached him while he was in his Nissan Maxima, banged on the front passenger window with the gun, then pointed it at him and shot at him once, police said.
The victim said Mercado ran toward 25 Elliot St.
According to police, the victim’s vehicle had a broken window, there was a hole in the front passenger side door that appeared to be a gunshot and a projectile was located in the passenger compartment.
The victim was not injured and declined medical attention and police seized the vehicle as evidence.
When police interviewed Mercado, she told them she had been involved in an altercation with her estranged husband and was forced to fire her gun in self-defense, police said, but they added that the video was not consistent with Mercado’s side of the story.
Mercado had a valid Connecticut pistol permit and turned her Ruger LC9 9mm with five live 9mm rounds over to police, police said.
Police arrested Mercado and charged her with first-degree criminal attempted assault, unlawful discharge of a firearm, first-degree reckless endangerment, second-degree criminal mischief and second-degree breach of peace.
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