BARNSTABLE, Mass. (AP) — Authorities are searching for the person or people who shot and injured a Massachusetts state trooper during a traffic stop on Cape Cod Friday night.
The trooper suffered a serious gunshot wound to his right hand and remains at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, according to Dave Procopio, an agency spokesman.
Police said the officer was was shot shortly after 11:30 p.m. in Hyannis and the vehicle took off after the shooting.
Police said the round went through the officer’s hand and appears to have struck his ballistic vest in his shoulder area. The injury isn’t considered life-threatening.
Police didn’t identify the officer other than to say he is 28-years-old, graduated from the state police academy in May, and is assigned to the Yarmouth barracks.
Colonel Christopher Mason, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police, said the incident is a reminder of the “inherent danger” any time an officer walks up to a motor vehicle or a suspect and the lengths criminals will go to avoid apprehension.