HYANNIS (CBS) – A suspect is on the loose after shooting a Massachusetts State Police trooper during a Hyannis traffic stop late Friday night.
It happened on Camp Street around 11:30 p.m.
The 28-year-old trooper was shot in the hand. The bullet went completely through his hand and was stopped by his protective vest. The trooper’s injuries are described as non-life threatening.
The suspect immediately fled the scene. The car involved was later recovered, but no arrests have been made.
Trooper Timothy Shields rushed his injured colleague to Cape Cod Hospital. The injured trooper was then taken to Mass General Hospital in Boston by ambulance.
State Police said the injured trooper is assigned to the State Police-Yarmouth Barracks. Both he and Shields were members of the most recent State Police academy class.
Massachusetts State Police Col. Christopher Mason issued a statement about the incident, praising the injured trooper and Trooper Shields for their actions.
Last night once again reminds us of the inherent danger that is present any time a police officer walks up to a motor vehicle or a suspect, and of the commitment to public service demonstrated by Troopers and police officers who accept this risk to protect our communities from violent criminals.
What happened last night also underscores the willingness of criminals to arm themselves and commit violent acts in the blink of an eye to avoid investigation or apprehension. We are left to wonder if our Trooper, by engaging a suspect or suspects who were armed and ready to shoot, prevented some other violent crime from occurring in the community.
State Police said the investigation continues into locating the “suspect or suspects” involved.