NEW SALEM, MA (WBZ-AM)-- A Massachusetts state trooper is out of surgery at UMass Medical Center and stable after being stabbed by a carjacking suspect in New Salem. The unidentified thief was first involved in a two car crash in Walpole, New Hampshire, where he stole the other vehicle in the accident and was pursued by state police through Vermont and back into Massachusetts. That car also crashed. He then attacked the responding trooper in the head with a knife, and was shot in turn.
The Trooper's name is not being released. He is a 47 year old veteran, a member of the force since 2006 assigned to the Athol Barracks. He has a wife and children.
The suspect is also stable at UMass recovering from the gunshot wound. He is expected to face multiple criminal charges including armed assault with intent to murder, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, reckless operation of a motor vehicle and failure to stop for police.