WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (WWLP) – A suspect was arrested in connection with a shooting on the University of St. Joseph’s campus in West Hartford that caused a manhunt in the Russell, Blandford area.

The West Hartford Police took 22-year-old Darnell Barnes into custody on Sunday at around 11:30 p.m. He is being held on a $2 million bond and is scheduled to be back in court on December 1.

Barnes is being charged with the following:

  • Assault 1st Degree
  • Reckless Endangerment 1st Degree
  • Evading Responsibility
  • Criminal Mischief 1st Degree
  • Assault with a Motor Vehicle 2nd degree
  • Darnell Barnes

On Friday morning, West Hartford police were called to reports of shots being fired on the University of St. Joseph’s campus before a serious rollover crash. Barnes was on campus because he was in a relationship with one of the students, and they got into an argument, which stemmed the incident. Police said the driver in the crash was the shooting victim and was sent to the hospital with several gunshot wounds.

Massachusetts State Police found the car that Barnes was driving, a Nissan Pathfinder with New Mexico plates, on the westbound side of the Mass. Pike in Blandford. The vehicle was determined to be unoccupied, and no firearms were found. The vehicle has now been seized and the firearm was a 9mm.

Residents in the Russell, Blandford area were asked to shelter in place, keep their doors locked, and call 911 if they see anyone suspicious on their property. Troopers searched in heavily wooded areas conducted by patrols, K9 teams, tactical units, and the State Police Drone Unit. State Police cleared the area Friday afternoon and were unable to locate the suspect. Barnes turned himself in on Sunday and requested he used his fifth amendment right to not speak to the officers.

The West Hartford Police Department asks that anyone who witnessed the incident call the department at 860-523-5203, use the Tip Line at 860-570-8969, or email whpdtips@westhartfordct.gov.