Driver Shot & Killed, 3 Officers Hurt After Chase Along I-93, Route 3

BOSTON (CBS) – Police shot and killed a suspect after a police chase through Boston and down I-93 ended at Exit 14 off Route 3 South in Rockland on Wednesday.

Officers with Boston police and state police were involved in the pursuit after they said 44-year-old Mark McMullen, who was driving a red 2010 Hyundai Sonata, assaulted a female passenger as she attempted to leave his car near Blue Hill Avenue in Roxbury at around 10:25 a.m.

Police said McMullen fled the scene and later hit two other vehicles near Freeport Street on I-93 before continuing to head southbound.

WBZ-TV’s Paul Burton reports

The pursuit continued down I-93 and Route 3, where it ended at Exit 14. Plymouth County District Attorney Tim Cruz said McMullen’s vehicle “aggressively attempted to evade capture” and hit two state police cruisers.

McMullen was then shot by police. He was taken to South Shore Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at around 12:45 p.m.

State police spokesman Dave Procopio said a 45-year-old state trooper who was in an unmarked cruiser that was struck head-on by McMullen was also transported to South Shore Hospital, where he was treated for minor injuries and released. At least two Boston officers were also transported to an area hospital for evaluation.

Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis confirmed that a Boston police officer fired their weapon at the scene.

Davis also added that there were two other shootings in Boston on Wednesday morning that were not connected to the chase.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Doug Cope reports.

“It’s been a very difficult time for police and for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts over the last 24 hours,” said Davis.

The investigation is ongoing.

Mass DOT said the Route 3 South Exit 14 off-ramp will be closed through the evening rush hour.

  • Tin

    Just heard the driver was shot and killed by police….GOOD!

    Maybe people will obey the law and NOT endanger other lives if they know their life in fact will be in danger!!…Kudos to the police, job well done!

    • allen

      I was on the other side of highway and there had to be 60 or 70 police cars driving crazy i think 20 or 30 would have been good enough

    • artykarate

      you are an idiot. This is why they have as much power as they have. Because people like you think they are incapable of making mistakes

    • Frank

      Think of all the money that was saved by not sending him to prison… oh wait this is Massachusetts he would have been going to the next Red Sox home game instead

      • J

        Frank, LOVE this comment.

    • Lisa Valente

      Amen! Endanger the public, suffer the consequences.

  • Bill Green

    Good? At least lets wait for the details. Geez, job well done? Smell blood do ya?

    • Rick Smith

      This story shared with you the preliminary details. Maybe we will get a double bonus and find out that he was an illegal alien.

      • chuck

        dont u have something better to say, your greats came from somewhere to thats why u r here, they were just given impunity.

  • mikey

    There’s a point where the actions of an individual can have a detrimental impact on not only themselves, but others. Once these acts threaten the innocent around them, then it’s the time for the police to take more forceful and drastic action.

    From what I’ve read, GOOD JOB! The only thing I would find fault with is why it went as far as it did. Of course the cops probably had 7 layers of management to go through to get the authority to even block the car off at the ramp.

    Ok, ok, maybe they had to wait to see if there were any Red Sox tickets for the guy.

    Seriously, cops really DO need a free hand to take forceful action earlier than how many miles????

  • njuguna muigai

    Let,s pray for our police since it seems they are having difficult times,it was barely twenty four hours when police was short in woburn. The police who short this guy will be traumatised for a long time and he may require psychotherapy .I know it is not the wish of the police to kill but sometmes they are caught in difficult situations and others times confroted by people who are armed

    • John

      Very well said.

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  • John Augis

    No gun, no assault. Just lead police on a chase in a car that would have eventually run out of gas and wasn’t stolen. The shooting is unjustified and the cop should be tried for shooting an unarmed person. The cops that were injured were responding to or involved in the chase. The car couldn’t go anywhere after it lost control So you have 30 or 40 cops surrounding a car that crashed with no place for the driver to go and you decide to be judge and jury. This is cops out of control.

    • mikey

      Are you that, well, stupid??? Let him run out of gas? Give me a break! That means he could how many more hundreds of miles, endangering others. I’m sorry, but these morons need to be taken out of play before they injure innocents.

      “No gun, no assault” Geesh, are you that stupid? A car is not a weapon when driven at someone? OK, how about a bat? Or a knife? Only guns, huh?

      I’m sick of the ‘but you might hurt the guy’ mentality. Know what? TOUGH!! As far as I’m concerned, once he endangers an innocent, police should have a MORAL OBLIGATION to take active steps to stop the guy. If they can do it without deadly consequences, then fine. And they should try. But when it continues to where the guy aims his car at an officer? I have only one thing to say. “Aim for the center of mass”

      I’m SICK of the ‘rights of criminals’ at innocents expense! And I’m REALLY sick of the people who plead for these rights.

  • dcrintaunton

    great, fantastic. how many cruisers? after yesterday’s botched caper in woburn … 2, maybe 3 perps still on the loose … you shot a simple assult and speeding suspect. good going. give me a reason to feel better about this incident. please.

    • Liz

      You and John Augis don’t get it. What this story lacks in detail you’re making up in your head. The driver drove at police officers, hit at least one (but sounds like two). When you’re life is being endangered you’d protect your life and the life of others. It’s stupid to do otherwise. If the guy didn’t want that outcome he shouldn’t have charged at and subsequently hit cruisers. It was his duty to stop, not endanger lives. He performed vehicular assault (assault with a deadly weapon). Is it horrible he died as a result? Yes! However, when someone is driving at you or is driving away in a vehicle it is hard to aim it perfectly. As someone else said, do you think this officer thought “Oooh! An opportunity to use my gum”? If you do, you have never met an officer.

  • chilitokid

    You’re a petite female alone sleeping in your house at 3am and wake up to a 250 lb male in your bedroom. You reach for your 357 Magnum in your nightstand then you remember you can’t pull the trigger because you must make every attempt to flee. If you shoot you go to jail….its the law!!
    I don’t know exactly what happened in this story but what I do know is the cops killed this guy. Why can they protect themselves in self defense and are able to kill this guy yet in my example above the female can’t? The ultimate double standard and I’m glad the State of NH got it right!!

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