HYANNIS (TBEN) – Two suspects are still at large after shooting a Massachusetts State Police soldier during a traffic stop in Hyannis late Friday night.
It happened on Camp Street around 11:30 p.m.
The 28-year-old soldier was shot in the hand. The bullet went completely through his hand and was stopped by his protective vest. The soldier’s injuries are described as non-life threatening.
The suspects immediately fled the scene. The involved car was later found, but no arrests were made.
The moments were filmed by photo journalist Robert Bastille, who was the first on the scene and immediately attempted to help the soldier.
“I rushed over to him and said, ‘Trooper, are you okay?’ And then I saw, you know, he wasn’t, he didn’t have any first aid on him at all, ”Bastille said. “I thought, maybe he needs a tourniquet now.” He felt the same. He was upset.
Private Timothy Shields then transported his injured colleague to Cape Cod Hospital. The injured soldier was then taken to Mass General Hospital in Boston by ambulance.
State Police said the injured soldier was assigned to State Police Barracks in Yarmouth. He and Shields were both members of the newest class at the State Police Academy.
The suspects’ car was found in the Hastings Meadows parking lot on Saturday morning. Police scoured the area overnight and throughout the day looking for two suspects.
In doing so, police spent much of the afternoon at this Hastings Meadows residential complex knocking on neighbors’ doors and asking questions. Locals say it’s a very quiet neighborhood and the biggest police activity they’ve ever seen.
“They asked me if I knew anything or if I had seen anything suspicious, and I didn’t see anything. I didn’t see anybody running or anything like that, ”said one resident.
Massachusetts State Police Col. Christopher Mason issued a statement about the incident, praising the injured Soldier and Private Shields for their actions.
Last night reminds us once again of the inherent danger that exists whenever a police officer approaches a motor vehicle or suspect, and of the commitment to public service demonstrated by soldiers and police. police officers who accept this risk to protect our communities from violent criminals.
What happened last night also underscores the willingness of criminals to arm themselves and commit acts of violence in the blink of an eye to avoid investigation or apprehension. We must ask ourselves if our soldier, by hiring one or more suspects armed and ready to shoot, has prevented another violent crime from occurring in the community.
Neighbors say this incident brings back horrific memories of when Yarmouth Police Sgt. Sean Gannon was shot and killed while serving an arrest warrant in 2018.
“It’s really scary now. Now, why he was shot, there was no need for a policeman to be shot, ”said another resident. “I mean, they’re doing their duty, doing their job to keep us safe. A few years ago Officer Gannon was shot.