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DA Reviewing Officer-Involved Shooting In Lawrence

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LAWRENCE (CBS) — The Essex County District Attorney’s office is investigating an officer-involved shooting in Lawrence early Saturday morning.

At about 5:07 a.m., Lawrence Police Officer John Tully, along with other officers, was dispatched to 131 Bennington St. for a report of a loud party. When they arrived, the officers observed a man operating a 1995 Honda Civic in an erratic manner, according to a prepared statement from Essex County DA spokeswoman Carrie Kimball-Monahan.

The driver of the Honda, Alexander Castro, 20, of 6 Lancelot Court, Salem, N.H., drove toward the officers and collided with a cruiser. During the course of the incident, Tully fired a single round at the car, Kimball-Monahan said.

Castro evaded capture, but the officers were able to identify the license plate on the Honda Civic. Lawrence Police contacted Salem, N.H., police who went to the address linked to the Honda’s registration and questioned Castro. During the questioning, it was determined that Castro was suffering from a gun shot would in the buttocks, Kimball-Monahan said.

Castro was taken to Lawrence General Hospital and later to a Boston hospital, where he remained under guard Saturday night with injuries that were not considered life-threatening.

He faces charges including assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, operating to endanger and failure to stop for a police officer, Kimball-Monahan said.

Massachusetts State Police detectives assigned to Essex District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett’s office are investigating the incident. Tully has been placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard procedure in officer-involved shootings.

Upon release from the hospital, Castro will be arraigned in Lawrence District Court.

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