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Suspect in Shooting Incident Faces Additional Charges from West Hartford Police

West Hartford Police Department hybrid SUV. Courtesy photo (we-ha.com file photo)

West Hartford Police said Tuesday that a Hartford man now faces additional charges in connection with a March 12 shots fired incident.

By Ronni Newton

A Hartford man who was already facing charges in connection with an incident involving shots fired in West Hartford on March 12 was arrested by warrant Wednesday and now faces additional felony charges.

West Hartford Police said that after continuing their investigation of the March 12 incident where a residence and vehicle appeared to have been struck by gunfire, a warrant was obtained for Janice Anthony Cowan, 31, with charges added to those he already faced in connection with the incident.

Cowan was taken into custody without incident on Wednesday, police said, and by warrant has been charged with first-degree criminal mischief, criminal possession of a firearm, illegal discharge of a firearm, and first-degree reckless endangerment.

Janile Anthony Cowan. Courtesy of West Hartford Police

He is currently being held on a court-set bond of $350,000 pending arraignment in Superior Court in Hartford.

According to online court records, Cowan had been released from custody after posting $200,000 bond for the initial charge by West Hartford Police of second-degree threatening in connection with the shots fired incident. He had been arrested by warrant on March 13, for the incident that occurred on March 12. Police said there were no injuries reported when shots were fired at the residence – which police believe was occupied at the time the incident occurred –  and at an unoccupied vehicle.

Police said at the time that the investigation of the incident was continuing and further criminal charges were possible.

Online court records indicate that Cowan was previously convicted of illegal possession of a weapon in a motor vehicle in conjunction with a 2019 incident, and was given a two-year suspended sentence and two years of parole.

Anyone who may have information related to the investigation is asked to contact the West Hartford Police Department at 860-523-5203, or via the anonymous tip line 860-570-8969, or by email at [email protected].

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