QUINCY, MASS. (WHDH) – An armed robbery suspect who stole a Rockland police patrol car and led authorities in two savage chases was shot and killed by a member of the state police STOP team on Friday morning after from a tense standoff in Quincy, authorities said.
The 36-year-old, whose name has not been released, tried to leave the cruise ship with a patrol rifle in hand near BJ’s gas station on Burgin Parkway when the officer opened fire, the US attorney told reporters. Norfolk district, Michael Morrissey. .
The rifle on the patrol was fastened in a bracket that only officers can access, but since the suspect was on the cruise ship for about three hours, he was able to bend the metal brackets to keep the gun secure, the Rockland Police Chief, John Llewellyn said during a press conference.
The suspect was taken by ambulance to Boston Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
About three hours earlier, police say the suspect stole more than $ 300 in cash from a 7-Eleven in Rockland while armed with a handgun before fleeing to a nearby neighborhood.
Brookside Road neighbors told Toni Bono that the suspect frantically tried to break into several houses and that he appeared to be in a state of agitation.
“He said he was mugged by two boys and then he asked to come in and they all said no and then the last lady said, ‘I’ll call the police,’ and when she said that, he ran into the woods,” she said.
A lottery winner who had entered the 7-Eleven to collect a ticket moments after the suspect fled was able to provide police with a description of the man.
When an officer later located the man and ordered him to drop to the ground at gunpoint, the suspect said, “shoot me, shoot me” and refused to comply with the order, according to Llewellyn. The officer then deployed a taser gun, but it was ineffective because the suspect was wearing a heavy sweatshirt.
The suspect was then able to escape on foot and stole the Rockland police patrol car before officers carried out a chase in Quincy, hitting multiple squad cars in the process, Morrissey said.
Llewellyn noted that one of the responding officers “forgot to lock his car” as he rushed to arrest the suspect.
An Abington police officer lost control of his patrol during the chase and crashed into a light pole.
Multiple agencies surrounded the Rockland police patrol car near Exit 42 on Burgin Parkway as a STOP team of state police and crisis negotiators responded to the scene.
The suspect was able to maneuver around the swarm of emergency vehicles and take off again, but was soon stopped near the BJ gas station when a pair of BearCats sandwiched the seized cruiser.
The situation temporarily affected the Red Line and the commuter train service and caused road closures in the surroundings.
Llewellyn noted that the suspect has a “long criminal record” and is known to police.
Investigators in Rockland continue to search for a pistol that the suspect is said to be in possession of during the robbery. Llewellyn added that the suspect may have thrown the gun out the window of the stolen cruiser during the chase.
The events of the day remain under investigation.
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