THE COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS
MIDDLESEX DISTRICT ATTORNEY
15 COMMONWEALTH AVE WOBURN MA 01801
Release Contact: Stephanie Chelf Guyotte/MaryBeth Long
UPDATE: Two Suspects Involved In MIT Officer Shooting And
One suspect killed, second suspect at large
CAMBRIDGE -- Police are investigating a fatal
shooting of MIT campus police officer by two men who then committed an armed
carjacking in Cambridge, Middlesex Acting District Attorney Michael Pelgro,
Cambridge Police Commissioner Robert Haas, and MIT Police Chief John DiFava
announced this evening.
At approximately 10:20 p.m. April 18, police received
reports of shots fired on the MIT campus. At 10:30 p.m., an MIT campus
police officer was found shot in his vehicle in the area of Vassar and Main
streets. According to authorities, the officer was found evidencing
multiple gunshot wounds. He was transported to Massachusetts General
Hospital and pronounced deceased.
Authorities launched an immediate investigation into the
circumstances of the shooting. The investigation determined that two males were
involved in this shooting.
A short time later, police received reports of an armed
carjacking by two males in the area of Third Street in Cambridge. The
victim was carjacked at gunpoint by two males and was kept in the car with the
suspects for approximately a half hour. The victim was released at a gas
station on Memorial Drive in Cambridge. He was not injured.
Police immediately began a search for the vehicle and were
in pursuit of the vehicle into Watertown. At that time, explosive devices
were reportedly thrown from car by the suspects. The suspects and police
also exchanged gunfire in the area of Dexter and Laurel streets. During
this pursuit, an MBTA Police officer was seriously injured and transported to
During the pursuit, one suspect was critically injured and
transported to the hospital where he was pronounced deceased. An
extensive manhunt is ongoing in the Watertown area for the second suspect, who
is believed to be armed and dangerous.
The case is being investigated by local, state and federal
authorities working in cooperation. The Massachusetts State Police Bomb
Squad is assessing and removing any potentially explosive devices that may have
been thrown on the street in Watertown by the suspects.
The investigation remains active and ongoing.
No further information is available at this time.
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