Man who threatened to shoot at CT mall arrested after pursuit in Farmington, police say

FARMINGTON — A man who police say threatened to shoot a woman he knew, officers and people at Westfarms Mall was arrested Wednesday after a chase and crash on Interstate 84.

Mohammad Salman Nizami, 27, of Berlin Turnpike in Wethersfield, did not appear to have been injured but was taken to hospital as a precaution and arrested, Lt. Aaron Boisvert said.

According to Boisvert, a woman called police Wednesday afternoon and said a man she knew was outside her apartment, sending her pictures of a gun. He was gone when officers arrived, but they looked at the photos and saw the gun appeared real, Boisvert said. Police contacted the man, whom they identified as Nizami, and he threatened to shoot officers, Boisvert said.

Nizami then said he was going to the Westfarms shopping center on the West Hartford-Farmington line and would shoot people there as well, Boisvert said.

Officers spotted Nizami’s car nearby on I-84 westbound toward the mall and attempted to stop him, but he refused to stop, Boisvert said. They then began to chase the car down the highway, Boisvert said.

During the chase, a tire deflating “stop stick” was thrown under his car, and at least one tire began to lose air. Nizami then crashed into a guardrail, Boisvert said.

The 2018 Honda Accord ended up in a ditch, state police said. The accident happened around 5:40 p.m., at the height of the afternoon crowd.

In addition to the motor vehicle offences, Nizami was charged with first-degree threats, second-degree harassment, second-degree harassment, interfering with police and engaging police in his pursuit, a said the police.

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