BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Four Boston police officers were injured during a lengthy pursuit of a suspect in Roxbury Saturday night.
According to Boston Police Department, officers on patrol spotted a wanted vehicle parked outside a house on Glenway Street at around 7 p.m. Saturday. Additional units were called to respond due to the suspect possibly being in possession of a firearm.
Officers followed the driver of the vehicle and initiated a traffic stop. As officers approached the vehicle, the suspect suddenly reached down, placing the car into gear and stepped on the gas causing the car to lunge forward, striking several officers who were knocked to the ground and nearly pinned against the numerous vehicles in the area.
BPD said four officers were injured and one Boston Police cruiser was damaged. Three officers were transported to a local hospital, and all are being treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
Police Operations continued to monitor the car, which fled the scene and continued to speed down streets while recklessly weaving in and out of traffic, nearly striking multiple vehicles in the process.
According to BPD, the suspect continued through multiple neighborhoods, driving the wrong way on one-way streets and failing to stop at stop signs. He discarded an unknown item on Monadnock Street, and another unknown item was discarded under the overpass at Dudley Street and Humphreys Street.
"Officers disengaged due to the extremely blatant disregard for the safety of the public at the hands of the suspect," BPD said. "Officers broadcast the suspect’s location and as they approached the intersection of Norfolk Ave and Hampden Street, they observed the vehicle had crashed into a city light pole."
After the crash, the suspect exited the car through the passenger’s door, and officers immediately approached him and ordered to the ground. BPD said he ignored officers’ commands and fled on foot down Hampden Street towards Melnea Cass Boulevard. Following a lengthy foot pursuit, officers eventually apprehended him at the intersection of Mass. Ave and Melnea Cass Boulevard.
During an inventory of the vehicle prior to towing, officers recovered six firearms, more than 100 rounds of ammunition, 22 plastic bags containing crack cocaine, one large plastic bag containing approximately 70 grams of heroin/fentanyl, a large hunting knife, and a $25,000 in cash.
35-year-old Michael McKoy of Boston was taken into custody and is expected to be arraigned in Dorchester District Court on at least two dozen charges, including firearms offenses, moving violations, and drug trafficking charges.
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