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CT Man Being Held On $1M Bond For Shooting Death

Hector Morales
Hector Morales Photo Credit: Waterbury Police Department

A Connecticut man is being held on a $1 million bond after being arrested for the alleged shooting death of a man last year.

Hector Morales, age 27, of Waterbury, was arrested on Wednesday, Feb. 17, and charged with murder for the Wednesday, Oct. 7 killing of Luis Vasquez in Waterbury, said Sergeant Nadine Amatruda of the Waterbury Police. 

According to Amatruda, around 6:42 p.m., on Oct. 7, the Waterbury Police and EMS were called to the area of Walnut Avenue on a report of gunshots with one victim struck by gunfire.

Police located the victim, later identified as Vasquez, unresponsive in the driver seat of a 2020 Kia Optima, which was also involved in a motor vehicle accident. 

The vehicle had both airbags deployed and extensive front-end damage from hitting a fire hydrant, and a parked unoccupied vehicle, she said.

Police found evidence of damage from gunshots to the Kia Optima. The victim had a gunshot wound to the torso and other injuries to the head. 

A paramedic confirmed Vasquez was dead on the scene. 

Through investigative means, detectives identified Morales for his part in the death of Vasquez. 

  • Morales was arrested and charged with:
  • Violation of permit to carry pistol
  • Illegal transfer pistol/revolver
  • Murder
  • Criminal liability for acts of another/homicide  

Morales is being held on a $1,000,000 bond pending his arraignment.

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