Plymouth County District Attorney Timothy Cruz said the driver of a car involved in a Boston to Rockland car chase on Wednesday was shot and killed by police.
The driver was a suspect in a hit-and-run accident in Boston, Cruz said. His identity has not been released
The district attorney could not say how fast the suspect was driving or whether he crashed into any property or vehicles, besides a police cruiser, before he was stopped in Rockland. He said at least four officers were injured during the persuit and apprehension of the suspect.
"This was a very dangerous event that had to be dealt with and now we’ll deal with the aftermath and go from there," Cruz said.
The chase started on Blue Hill Avenue in Roxbury when Boston Police observed a hit-and-run accident involving a female pedestrian, Cruz said. State Police joined the chase on Route 3 and the pursuit ended with a crash and shooting at the Route 228 exit on Route 3 in Rockland, near the Norwell line.
One Rockland Police officer was injured in a spinout accident on his way to the scene of the crash, according to Cruz. The woman only suffered minor injuries.
Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis confirmed that Boston police fired their weapons on the Route 3 on ramp in Rockland, about 20 miles from where the chase started in Roxbury. He said his department is investigating the shooting.
A dozen police vehicles from Boston, State Police and Rockland were parked at the intersection of Route 228 in Rockland, following the crash.
A burgundy-colored Hyundai sedan with front-end damage could be seen parked across a grass median between the on and off ramps at the crash site. The doors were open and the air bag had deployed.
State Police said in a statement that State Police units were involved in an active pursuit of a reported hit-and-run suspect on the Southeast Expressway.
The suspect was taken into custody following the crash and was transported to South Shore Hospital, where he was pronounced dead around 12:45 p.m.
Police have blocked the on and off ramp at Route 228 and traffic is backed up at least to Derby Street. A crowd of spectators has been watching the action from the Home Depot parking lot.