Boston officers wound suspect who fled stop in stolen SUV

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BOSTON (AP) – Police officers on Tuesday shot and wounded a man who fled a traffic stop in a stolen sport utility vehicle and smashed into several cars, including one containing four police officers, authorities said.

The suspect, whose name was not immediately released, was shot once in the stomach and transported to Massachusetts General Hospital after the 11:30 a.m. chase ended outside a Registry of Motor Vehicles office and the Chinatown MBTA subway station, said Boston Police Superintendent Robert Dunford.

Three Boston police officers and one from the MBTA transit police were brought to a local hospital for “well-being” checks. “They’re fine,” Dunford said.

According to Dunford, police had stopped the Ford Explorer a few blocks away because it was reported stolen Saturday from neighboring Somerville. As officers approached on foot, the driver sped away, and officers gave chase, Dunford said.

The Explorer drove over a busy downtown sidewalk and into oncoming traffic. Among the cars struck was an unmarked MBTA transit police vehicle containing three MBTA transit police officers and one Plymouth police officer, according to Boston police.

Police cornered the vehicle and several officers fired their guns.

“As a result of the imminent danger to citizens, pedestrians and other motor vehicle traffic in the street, rounds were discharged by Boston police and MBTA police,” Dunford said.

Witnesses and bystanders described hearing two or three shots. Adrian Corporan, 30, of Boston was at the registry when he saw police cars box in the vehicle and three officers with guns drawn approached the SUV. Two officers fired, he said.

No one was injured at the motor vehicles office, said Amie O’Hearn, a spokeswoman for the agency.

The suspect was shot while in the vehicle and was in stable condition Tuesday, Dunford said. He faces charges including receiving a stolen motor vehicle and four counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, the SUV.

The Suffolk County District Attorney’s office is investigating whether the shooting was justified, spokesman David Procopio said.

The office investigates all police shootings. Officer Mike McCarthy said it was not immediately known if the suspect was armed.

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