BOSTON (AP) — State Police say a trooper shot and wounded a person while police were rounding up a group that had been riding off-road bikes and all-terrain-vehicles dangerously on a Boston interstate.
Spokesman David Procopio says numerous 911 calls were received Saturday evening about the 25 to 35 people driving erratically on Interstate 93. He says troopers were trying to make arrests at an exit ramp when one trooper discharged his weapon, striking a 28-year-old Randolph man.
The man was taken to the hospital for what appears to be non-life-threatening injuries and another rider, who wasn’t shot, is being evaluated after complaining of pain. State police say they’ll likely be charged.
A trooper also suffered a knee injury and is receiving medical treatment.
Five other suspects were arrested and charged with various offenses. They’ll be arraigned next week.
Read the full statement that Procopio sent Saturday night:
This evening, at around 5:00 p.m. multiple persons recklessly operating off-road bikes and All-Terrain-Vehicles (ATV) were apprehended by State Police in Boston. During the apprehension of the suspects a Trooper discharged his weapon, resulting in one suspect sustaining a non-life threatening injury.
Preliminary investigation indicates that approximately 25-35 individuals were riding off-road bikes, motorcycles, and ATVs in a reckless manner in Boston today. Police received numerous 911 calls reporting reckless operation by this group that was endangering the public.
At about 5:00 p.m., Troopers observed the group traveling in an erratic and dangerous manner on Route 93 Southbound in Boston. Troopers encountered them on the ramp from Route 93 Southbound to Exit 18 (Mass Avenue) and attempted to effect arrests.
During that encounter, a Trooper discharged his weapon, striking one of the riders, a 28-year-old Randolph man. That man was transported to Boston Medical Center for treatment of what is believed to be a non-life-threatening injury. Another rider — who was not shot — complained of pain and was transported to an area hospital for evaluation. A Trooper sustained a knee injury during the incident and was transported to Mass General Hospital for treatment.
Five suspects were arrested and charged with various offenses. They have been transported to area barracks for booking and are expected to be arraigned in Boston Municipal Court next week. The two suspects who were transported to the hospital are also expected to be charged. State Police seized approximately 20 motorcycles and ATVs.
Several riders evaded apprehension during this incident.
The incident remains under investigation by Troopers assigned to Troop H, Troop E, the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section, and Crime Scene Services Section. Boston Police are also assisting in the investigation into the group’s reckless operation.
If anyone has any information about this investigation, please contact the State Police Detective Unit for Suffolk County at (617) 727-8817.
All police-involved shootings are investigated by the District Attorney’s Office of jurisdiction.