One Suspect Dead, Another at Large in MIT Officer Shooting

Explosives thrown from car during pursuit, gunfire also exchanged.


Police are investigating a fatal shooting of an MIT campus police officer by two men who then committed an armed carjacking in Cambridge, in a statement from Middlesex Acting District Attorney Michael Pelgro, Cambridge Police Commissioner Robert Haas, and MIT Police Chief John DiFava.

Police received reports of shots fired on the MIT campus at approximately 10:20 p.m. An MIT campus police officer was found shot in his vehicle in the area of Vassar and Main streets. He was shot multiple times. The officer was transported to Massachusetts General Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

An immediate investigation determined two men were involved in this shooting. 

A short time later, police received reports of an armed carjacking by two men in the area of Third Street in Cambridge. The victim was carjacked at gunpoint by two men and was kept in the car with the suspects for approximately a half hour. The victim was released at a gas station on Memorial Drive in Cambridge. He was not injured.

As police were pursuing the vehicle into Watertown, explosive devies were reportedly thrown from the car by the suspects. The suspects and police also exchanged gunfire in the area of Dexter and Laurel streets in Watertown.

An MBTA Police officer was seriously injured during the pursuit and transported to the hospital. There is no update on his condition. 

During the pursuit, one suspect was critically injured and died. An extensive manhunt is ongoing in the Watertown area for the second suspect, who is believed to be armed and dangerous. 

The case is being investigated by local, state and federal authorities working in cooperation. The Massachusetts State Police Bomb Squad is assessing and removing any potentially explosive devices that may have been thrown on the street in Watertown by the suspects.  

The investigation remains active and ongoing.


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