A Massachusetts State Police trooper who was attacked and stabbed multiple times while pursuing a suspect is out of surgery and in stable condition, the department announced Friday night.
The suspect, an 18-year-old man from Manchester, New Hampshire, was shot by police and also out of surgery and in stable condition.
Both the trooper and suspect were taken to UMass Medical Center for treatment.
State Police spokesman David Procopio told 22News the trooper was repeatedly stabbed in his head, neck, shoulder, and arm after the multi-agency pursuit that started at the Vermont State Line and ended at the intersection of Route 202 and Fay Road on a residential yard in New Salem Friday afternoon.
Two neighborhood residents witnessed the attack and the aftermath.
“Another state trooper went flying by on 122, and I came home and I pulled into my yard, and I saw somebody laying on my front lawn, and I saw a cop covered in blood,” Jami Bartlett described what she saw to 22News.
Hannah Hunting who also witnessed the incident said, “He opened the cop car door and to me it looked like punching, that he was attacking him. So the other trooper took over. And he yelled at the kid to get down, and he wasn’t listening. So he had to fire a couple of shots, and then he was able to arrest him and put handcuffs on him.”
The trooper, who was airlifted to the Worcester hospital, is described as a 47-year old, 12-year veteran of the Massachusetts State Police from the Athol Barracks. He was alert and conscious when he got to the hospital.
Procopio said the troopers were chasing the New Hampshire teenager because he had stolen a car he crashed into in New Hampshire.
The New Hampshire teenager, whose name has not been released, is facing charges including armed assault with intent to murder, assault, and battery with a dangerous weapon, reckless operation of a motor vehicle and failure to stop for police.
22News will continue to follow this story as new details as it is released by the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office.