Mass. State Police Trooper shot during traffic stop, search for suspect underway
BARNSTABLE, Mass. (WLNE) – A Massachusetts State Trooper is recovering after being shot on Camp Street in Barnstable on Friday night.
Massachusetts State Police say the 28-year-old trooper was shot while conducting a traffic stop shortly after 11:30 p.m. on Friday.
According to investigators, the trooper was driven by another trooper to Cape Cod Hospital, before being transported by ambulance to Massachusetts General Hospital. Police say his injury is non-life threatening.
MSP Communications Director David Procopio said that the trooper suffered a serious gunshot wound to his right hand. The round went through his hand, and appeared to have struck his vest in his shoulder area.
State Police say the first trooper on-scene was Trooper Shields. Shields and the injured trooper were both assigned to the Yarmouth Barracks, and both graduated in May from the 85th Recruit Training Group. This is the department’s most recent academy class.
In a statement, Superintendent Colonel Christopher Mason, said “First and foremost, I commend our Trooper who suffered a serious injury in the performance of his duty, and his classmate and barracks-mate, Trooper Shields, who took quick and decisive action to get his wounded brother Trooper to the emergency room immediately. Both Troopers remained calm and composed in a highly stressful situation, and both did what they had to do without delay — behavior that speaks volumes about their character, courage, and the quality of their training at the State Police Academy. We are grateful that the outcome was not worse”
“Last night once again reminds us of the inherent danger that is present any time a police officer walks up to a motor vehicle or a suspect, and of the commitment to public service demonstrated by Troopers and police officers who accept this risk to protect our communities from violent criminals.”
Police are now searching for the shooter, who fled after shooting the trooper.
This is an ongoing investigation.