EASTON (CBS) — Two Easton police officers fired shots at a man Sunday afternoon following what they said was “suspicious activity.”
Police Chief Gary Sullivan said they responded to the 300 block of Bay Road at about 2 p.m. after a homeowner said someone was knocking on her door. When officers arrived, the man got into his vehicle and “fled the area at a high rate of speed.”
It was just moments later that police said the man crashed into another vehicle on Bay Road. As police approached, the man showed “what appeared to be a handgun and pointed it at officers,” the department said in a statement.
“At that time, fearing for their safety and for the safety of those around them, the officers drew their service weapons and fired at the suspect,” the department said. “The suspect was struck at least one time.”
It was not clear if the man fired a gun. The two officers involved provided aid and the man was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. His identity has not yet been determined.
The two officers involved were hospitalized as a precaution. They are now on paid leave, per standard policy.
It was a wild Sunday for the neighbors who heard the two vehicles collide and then, bullets flying. Four or five bullets hit one house.
“It’s just nerve-wracking to see all the bullet holes all over the place in the middle of Bay Road,” said Stephen Lippert, whose truck and camper were hit by bullets.
He said his neighbor had a bullet go right through her dining room and into a wall.
Lippert’s 14-year-old son was home alone at the time.
“I was like on the couch and I heard like some banging noises and I didn’t really think much of it,” Dylan Lippert said. “But then like I look out the window and there’s like police everywhere. My neighbor was running down and he said go back in the house because there’s gunshots.”
Massachusetts State Police will independently investigate the shooting.