Hartford man pleads not guilty to firearm charges stemming from crash shortly after gunshots were heard in Newington

Published on Thursday, 19 January 2023 12:55


NEWINGTON – A Hartford man has pleaded not guilty to firearm charges stemming from a car crash in Newington that happened just minutes after multiple gunshots were heard in town.

Xander Estremera, 20, entered his pleas this week in New Britain Superior Court – where he faces two counts each of criminal possession of a firearm or ammunition and violation of a protective order, as well as a single count each of carrying a pistol without a permit, illegal possession of a large capacity magazine, interfering with police, evading responsibility and other motor vehicle offenses.

The 20-year-old is scheduled to have a pretrial hearing before a judge on Feb. 21. He remains held on $300,000 bond while the case is pending. 

Estremera was arrested Dec. 5 shortly after police received a call about shots being fired around 7:05 p.m., in the area of Monte Vista Avenue. Several motorists left the area following the shots, police said.

Estremera was taken into custody shortly thereafter, following a car crash around 7:09 p.m., in the area of Cedar Street and Willard Avenue, according to police. Investigators have said he was driving between 80 and 90 mph.

Police picked up the 20-year-old as he was walking away from the crash on foot – during which time officers believe he ditched a firearm with an extended magazine on it. Police found he is the subject of a protective order that bars him from having guns or ammunition.

No serious injuries were reported in the crash.

Estremera, at the time of his hearing this week, had not been charged in connection with the incident in which gunshots were heard.

Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809

Posted in Newington Town Crier, Newington News on Thursday, 19 January 2023 12:55. Updated: Thursday, 19 January 2023 12:57.