A Massachusetts State Trooper is recovering from surgery after being stabbed multiple times during a pursuit of a suspect in New Salem on Friday.
The 47-year-old trooper was stabbed in the head, neck, shoulders and arm while trying to apprehend an 18-year-old man who had led police on car chase through several states.
Authorities say the chase began when the suspect -- whose name has not yet been released -- carjacked a vehicle he crashed into in Walpole, New Hampshire, around noon on Friday. According to police, he drove through Vermont and down Interstate 91 into Massachusetts.
The chase ended on Fay and Orange Road in New Salem.
Hannah Hunting, who was driving nearby, says she witnessed the suspect get out of the car he was driving and attack the trooper.
“The suspect jumped out of his car, and I saw him with his hand in his pocket, so I immediately yelled at my kids to get into the van and get their heads down,” Hunting told NBC 10 Boston.
“The suspect ran to the police car and opened the door. I was watching from the van, and I thought they were just punching, but I realized after that he was stabbing the police officer,” Hunting said.
Police say the suspect was shot during the attack.
The trooper and the suspect were taken to UMass Medical Center in Worcester, where they are both recovering. The suspect is facing several vehicle-related and assault charges.
Authorities have not released the name of the trooper, but say he is a 12-year veteran of the force.
The incident remains under investigation.