Police shot and wounded one of two armed men who broke into a Lowell home by possibly impersonating police officers, according to Lowell police.
The suspects have been identified as 48-year-old Timothy Barry, of Haverhill, and Christopher Covey, 46, of Groveland, police said. Both were charged with armed home invasion, and Barry was also charged with assault by means of a dangerous weapon (handgun), according to police.
Police responded to a report of a home invasion at 8:17 p.m. Saturday on Pine Hill Street and allegedly found Barry standing in the doorway with a handgun. An officer shot at Barry, hitting him twice, while Covey fled the house from the back door, police said.
Barry was treated at the scene before he was airlifted to a Boston hospital, and Covey was apprehended a few blocks from the home, police said. Covey sustained injuries while trying to escape and was taken to Lowell General Hospital for treatment, according to police.
Police said that Barry and Covey may have entered the home by posing as police officers, as fraudulent badges and handcuffs were found at the scene.
The home’s two residents, who were assaulted during the invasion, were also taken to the hospital with injuries that aren’t considered to be life threatening, police said.
Per department protocol, the officer who shot Barry has been placed on administrative leave pending a further investigation, according to police. Police are continuing to investigate the incident and said the men could face additional charges.