Yesterday afternoon, multiple agencies converged on Winthrop Massachusetts after reports of an active shooter. On scene it became clear that the shooter had crashed a stolen box truck after striking a vehicle, fled on foot, and while fleeing shot two people. According to numerous sources we spoke to the two victims did not know the shooter. One was a female, who was shot in the street and later pronounced at the hospital. The second, a retired Mass State Trooper, only off the job for about two years, was shot multiple times and pronounced dead on scene. The suspect was heroically killed by a responding Winthrop Officer on scene before he could take any more innocent lives. At this time no major updates have been provided. We will keep you up-to-date with the latest.
The following statement was provided by Winthrop PD:
Winthrop Police Chief Terence M. Delehanty reports that his department, Boston Police, the Massachusetts State Police, the Suffolk District Attorney’s Office are investigating an incident involving multiple shootings that took place after an allegedly stolen truck crashed into a car and then a building in a residential neighborhood in Winthrop on Saturday afternoon.
Winthrop Police responded to a location near the intersection of Shirley and Cross streets at 2:41 p.m. for reports of a MVA with possible entrapment, shortly after the first unit arrived they then began getting reports of shots fired.
Upon arrival, police found a female victim shot in the middle of the road way. A second victim was located in an alley way a short distance away, this victim was confirmed by sources as a retired State Trooper out of H Troop. A suspect was identified and located by Winthrop Police a short distance from the scene of the crash and both victims. Chief Delehanty confirmed that at least one Winthrop Police Officer fired his service weapon, striking the suspect and eventually eliminating the threat to public safety.
The suspect was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced deceased from his injuries. One adult female victim was shot and transported to the hospital where she also died from her injuries. One adult male, the Retired Trooper was shot at least two times, once to the head and once to the side and was pronounced dead at the scene.
The officer who shot the suspect was taken to an area hospital for an evaluation but was not seriously injured. Additionally two others victims were transported with non-life-threatening injuries after being involved in an MVA with the stolen vehicle. The officer will be placed on administrative leave, as is standard procedure, during the investigation of the police shooting by the Suffolk District Attorney’s Office.
A preliminary investigation indicates that the male suspect stole a box truck owned by a plumbing and drain company and then crashed into a residential building on Veterans Road. Following the crash the suspect emerged from the truck and fled on foot. At some point shortly thereafter, the suspect, who was armed with a firearm, is believed to have shot the two adult victims.
The investigation remains active and ongoing. As is standard procedure, the Suffolk District Attorney’s Office will have primary jurisdiction over the death investigation. Chief Delehanty further reports that there is no active threat or danger to the community. Boston Police covered Winthrop for approximately 4 1/2 hours fielding both 911 calls and assisting with securing the scene in the ongoing investigation.