A police action forced the closure of southbound lanes from Exit 7 in Warner to Exit 6 in Hopkinton. Witnesses noted many State Police cruisers and local police vehicles were crowded around a light brown-colored, four-door sedan with Vermont license plates that had pulled over in the breakdown lane. (Jeff Hastings)
Troopers: 'Pursuit and officer-involved shooting' shuts down I-89 South in Hopkinton
HOPKINTON, N.H. — The southbound side of Interstate 89 in Hopkinton was closed Friday night after a police pursuit of a stolen car suspect and traffic stop led to an officer-involved shooting of that suspect.
No members of law enforcement received any injuries in the incident.
A motorist driving in the suspect vehicle reportedly suffered a gunshot wound after a confrontation with police outside of his car, police officials said.
Attorney General Gordon MacDonald and State Police Col. Christopher J. Wagner confirmed the driver of the reportedly stolen vehicle was treated at the scene and taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
The State Troopers Association first confirmed the outline of the incident when at 9 p.m. it tweeted on its social media account that there was a “police pursuit and officer-involved shooting.”
State Police began pursuing a vehicle on the belief that the make and the registration matched the description of a car that had been stolen from Quechee, Vt., police officials said.
After the motorist refused to pull over, State Police began to coordinate plans to bring the car to a stop by installing spike strips in the roadway of Interstate 89, according to police dispatchers.
But before the motorist reached the point where the spikes would be placed, he pulled over to the side of the road.
“Afterwards, there was a confrontation between the driver and several police officers at the scene. During that confrontation, the driver of the stolen vehicle was shot,” AG MacDonald and Wagner said in their joint statement.
The State Police Major Crimes Unit van was brought to the scene after 9 p.m. Friday.
A massive backup of traffic on Interstate 89 stretching as long as two miles began when both southbound lanes of I-89 were closed to traffic between Exits 6 in Hopkinton and 7 in Warner at about 7:30 p.m.
Witnesses said at that time that there was a large police presence around mile marker 11.6 in Hopkinton.
At roughly 9 p.m., some southbound traffic began moving, but State Police officials said restricted travel would continue well into the night.
Witnesses noted many State Police cruisers and local police vehicles were crowded around a light brown-colored, four-door Toyota sedan with Vermont license plates that had pulled over in the breakdown lane.
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