Trooper stabbed, suspect shot following high-speed chase

  • State Police direct traffic on Route 202 near Fay Road, where a police officer and suspect were both injured this afternoon after a high-speed chase. DOMENIC POLI

  • State Police direct traffic on Route 202 near Fay Road, where a police officer and suspect were both injured this afternoon after a high-speed chase. DOMENIC POLI

Staff Writer
Published: 10/20/2018 12:57:36 AM
Modified: 10/20/2018 12:57:49 AM

NEW SALEM —– A 47-year-old state trooper was expected to survive after being stabbed by a male suspect he pursued in a high-speed chase that ended in New Salem on Friday afternoon.

The unnamed trooper, a roughly 12-year police veteran who is a husband and father, was taken by LifeFlight helicopter to UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester and was conscious and alert before being wheeled into surgery, according to First Assistant Northwestern District Attorney Steven Gagne and State Police spokesman David Procopio. The suspect, an 18-year-old from Manchester, N.H., was shot in the torso and taken separately by LifeFlight to the same hospital for emergency medical treatment.

“The shot was in response to the trooper being attacked,” Gagne said, adding that it is unclear who fired the shot.

According to State Police, preliminary investigation determined the suspect was involved in a motor vehicle crash around noon in Walpole, New Hampshire. He allegedly stole the silver Toyota Camry driven by the other operator involved in the crash and fled into Vermont and then down Interstate 91 into Massachusetts. State and local police located the vehicle and pursued it. The chase reportedly went through Erving and Orange, ending in New Salem at the intersection of Route 202 and Fay Road between 2 and 3 p.m., when the Toyota Camry the suspect was driving became disabled and stopped after it struck an object, causing significant damage to the driver’s side. Gagne said it appears the suspect then exited the vehicle and used a knife to attack the trooper.

Multiple criminal charges against the suspect in this incident are expected, 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.

“This is just another example of how on any given day a routine shift for a state trooper or any police officer can reverse 180 degrees and become anything but routine in split second,” Procopio said. “And the investigation will reveal all the facts and circumstances as to how this played out.”

He also expressed his appreciation for the assistance provided by the Erving and Orange police departments.

Gagne said crime scene chemists and ballistics analysts were on scene for the investigation. State Police were directing traffic down Fay Road on Friday afternoon.

Reach Domenic Poli at: dpoli@recorder.com or 413-772-0261, ext. 262.


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