A fund has been established to benefit Auburn Police Officer Luis Santos who was struck by a fleeing vehicle on February 11.
According to Auburn Police, several police agencies were involved in a chase involving suspect Matthew Ostrander of Worcester. Around 2:30pm on Saturday, Auburn Police were called to assist Millbury Police in pursuit of a suspect who had fled the area of a residential breaking and entering in Millbury.
In a statement on their Facebook Page Sunday, APD stated that in an effort to safely end the pursuit, Auburn officers stationed at Rt. 20 and Millbury St. deployed stop sticks in the roadway. The suspect, Ostrander, swerved and struck Officer Santos.
Ostrander’s vehicle was later spotted by Auburn Officer John MacLean on Southbridge St., and Ostrander fled on foot. Office MacLean caught up to the suspect and placed him under arrest after a brief struggle.
Officer Santos suffered a head injury and injuries to both legs. He was treated at a Worcester hospital where he is recovering. While Santos is expected to make a full recovery, he will be sidelined for some time while he heals.
Santos is a well-liked sixteen-year veteran of the Auburn Police force. He is married and has four children. Donations can be made to:
Officer Santos and Family Assistance Fund
c/o Savers Bank
38 Auburn Street
Auburn, Mass., 01501
During their investigation, police report that they found a handgun in Ostrander’s vehicle. The gun is believed to have been stolen. Ostrander was held on $100,000 bail and was arraigned Monday on charges including assault with intent to murder;
assault and battery with a dangerous weapon; failure to stop for police; resisting arrest; assault and battery on a police officer; disturbing the peace; driving negligently as to endanger; and leaving the scene of an accident.
Ostrander was separately charged with breaking and entering in the daytime, larceny under $250 and destruction of property more than $250. The court ordered him held on $5,000 cash bail for the additional charges. The suspect has a lengthy criminal record, according to prosecutors.