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Police say Hingham man shot after pointing pellet gun

A Hingham man was in critical condition but expected to live after being shot twice by a police officer early Sunday morning, the Plymouth district attorney said Sunday evening.

Brian Middendorf, 33, allegedly pointed a black pellet gun resembling a semiautomatic weapon at Hingham police officers, prompting an officer to shoot, according to a statement from District Attorney Timothy J. Cruz.

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A person who said he was Middendorf called Hingham police just before 1:45 a.m. Sunday, telling them he was on Beal Street in Hingham with a handgun and then hanging up, Cruz said.

Police drove to Middendorf’s address on Hillside Terrace , where they watched a vehicle arrive outside the home and then swiftly depart, Cruz said.

Officers followed the vehicle almost 3 miles to the intersection of Black Rock Drive and Ward Street in Hingham, where Middendorf stopped the car, got out, and pointed the pellet gun at the officers, Cruz said.

A police officer shot at Middendorf, wounding him in the right thigh and arm, Cruz said.

Officers then provided medical care to Middendorf and called for emergency medical services, which took him to a local hospital, according to the statement.

Assistant District Attorney Bridget Norton Middleton, a spokeswoman for Cruz, declined to comment on whether officers followed proper protocols, saying State Police are investigating the shooting.

Middleton also would not say whether Middendorf was previously known to police, citing state criminal records laws.

Middendorf was charged with assault with a dangerous weapon, failure to stop for a police officer, and operating a motor vehicle to endanger, according to the statement. An arraignment date has not yet been set.

A 27-year-old man was shot Friday night by Brookline police officers after he allegedly charged at the officers with a knife, according to a statement from the Police Department. Brookline police and State Police with the Norfolk district attorney’s office are investigating that shooting.

Norfolk District Attorney Michael Morrissey’s office referred questions over the weekend to Brookline police, who did not identify the man.

Globe correspondent Gal Tziperman Lotan contributed to this report. Jeremy C. Fox can be reached at jeremy.fox@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @jeremycfox.
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