A Massachusetts State Trooper and a suspect were seriously hurt following a pursuit that ended in the eastern Franklin County town of New Salem Friday afternoon.
During a news conference, First Assistant District Attorney Steve Gagne announced that the 47-year-old trooper assigned to the Athol Barracks suffered multiple stab wounds to the head, neck, shoulder area, as well as his arm.
Gagne said the trooper was taken to the hospital via helicopter and was alert and responsive when he got there. Gagne added that they are hopeful and optimistic that the trooper will survive the attack.
The suspect, an 18-year-old man from New Hampshire, was also taken to the hospital via a separate helicopter. He is being treated for a gunshot wound to the torso. Gagne said based on the preliminary information they received, it appears he will survive his injuries.
Gagne couldn’t confirm whether the trooper fired the shot that struck Gagne, but did say the shot was fired in response to the attack.
The vehicle pursuit started on I-91 in Vermont and ended when the suspect crashed his car in New Salem. That’s when the suspect allegedly got out of the car and began attacking the trooper.
The suspect is facing multiple charges including armed assault with the intent to murder and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. Massachusetts State Police are still looking into what led up to the pursuit.
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