Police searching for hit-and-run driver who hit 2 Connecticut courthouse marshals

MANCHESTER, Conn. (AP) — A hit-and-run driver struck two judicial marshals outside a Connecticut courthouse Monday, sending both to a hospital. Police were searching for the driver.

Police and court officials said the marshals, who provide courthouse security, were struck in front of Manchester Superior Court shortly before noon.

One of the marshals was given CPR at the scene before both were taken to Hartford Hospital, Judicial Branch officials said. Their conditions were not immediately released.

Police in the area and in Massachusetts were searching for a suspect they identified as Jose Lopez, 42. Officials said Lopez was driving a white vehicle, possibly with Massachusetts license plates and front-end damage.

Court records show Lopez was due in court Monday on a misdemeanor larceny charge. A man with the same name and birth year was listed in court records as having several felony and misdemeanor theft convictions.

A message seeking comment was left Monday for a public defender who represented Lopez in previous cases.


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