Suspect hospitalized after police-involved shooting in Easton
EASTON — A police-involved shooting here on Sunday led to a suspect being shot and transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries after officers say he brandished what appeared to be a gun and pointed it at them, Easton police said Sunday evening.
Whether the suspect actually had a gun is still under investigation, police said.
The shooting came after a homeowner at 317 Bay Road called police around 2 p.m. to report that someone was knocking on her door and that a vehicle was in her driveway, Easton Police Chief Gary Sullivan told reporters on Sunday night. It is unknown if the suspect and the homeowner were familiar with each other, he said.
When officers arrived, the suspect got back into his vehicle and fled northbound on Bay Road, Sullivan said.
“Once the subject got into his vehicle, he left at a high rate of speed,” Sullivan said, noting that officers tried to stop the vehicle. “The officers reported his speed at approximately 60 miles per hour. Once that came over the air, the supervisor immediately called it off.”
However, moments later, the suspect got into a crash with another vehicle at Bay and Allen roads. The driver of the other car was not injured.
When officers approached the suspect’s car, he stepped out and pointed what appeared to be a handgun in their direction, Sullivan said.
“Fearing for their safety, the officers drew their firearms and fired at the subject, hitting him at least one time,” he said.
When the suspect fell to the ground, the officers began to render aid and called for backup, Sullivan said.
Ambulances were called to the scene, and the suspect was taken to a hospital with injuries that are not believed to be life threatening. The two officers involved in the shooting were taken to a hospital, and a third officer who was not directly involved in the shooting but who provided medical care was also transported.
“I went to visit our officers at the local hospital and thankfully they’re not injured,” Sullivan said.
On Sunday afternoon, police said there was no danger to the public.
The investigation by State Police and the Bristol district attorney’s office is active and ongoing, Sullivan said. A spokesman for the DA’s office confirmed the agency was investigating but did not immediately provide any more information.
Globe correspondent Sophia Eppolito contributed to this report.