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Car Involved in Officer Involved Shooting Was Stolen

Owner of stolen car says damage is extensive

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    (Published Sunday, July 17, 2016)

    NECN has learned the car at the center of a police-involved shooting in Massachusetts Saturday night was stolen from a young couple just hours earlier.

    "It just seems like everything that could possibly go wrong is going wrong right now," said Kristen Deon.

    She and her fiance were at Lowell General Hospital with their newborn daughter Saturday afternoon when they realized their car was missing from the facility's garage. It wasn't until they received a call from a credit card company that they learned someone had taken the car and a wallet inside of it.

    "As I was walking back in, getting calls from the credit card company saying there's fraudulent activity," said Deon's fiance, Robert Logan Jr.

    According to their records, the alleged thief made a small purchase at a local convenience store before stopping at a Best Buy in New Hampshire, where he bought laptops and phone chargers.

    "I think he got $400 off our credit card," said Logan.

    But that was just the beginning of their problems.

    Tyngsborough Police attempted to stop the driver of their car later that night for a traffic violation. But rather than pull over, they said the driver, a 27 year old male, took off. The officer then followed him down Route 3, where the man entered the parking lot of Sully's Ice Cream on Graniteville Road in Chelmsford.

    That is when things escalated.

    "It really happened so fast. Definitely saw the officer getting dragged about 15 feet or so," said Myka Reeder, who watched the incident unfold from her home across the street.

    According to the Middlesex District Attorney's Office, a Chelmsford officer approached the car and the driver backed up, catching him on the vehicle. DA Marian Ryan said the driver then dragged the officer several yards before another officer shot him.

    "The Tyngsborough officer discharged his firearm twice, striking the suspect," said Ryan.

    The driver was taken by medical helicopter to a Boston hospital, where he was listed in grave condition. Police have not released his identity.

    "There was blood all over the seat and the steering wheel," said Logan. "There's a lot of damage on the driver side. The whole front headlight is smashed in."

    Logan was able to see the car Sunday afternoon. While he expects police will release it to him in the next couple days, he's not sure how well it will operate.

    "I hope it was worth it," said Logan.

    Per department policy, authorities said the Tyngsborough officer that used his weapon is currently on administrative leave.

    The incident is still under investigation.

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