Auburn Police shoot, wound armed suspect

by | Nov 14, 2018

Investigators on scene of officer-involved shooting at 712 Southbridge St. on 11-14-18 [Photo Courtesy Aaron Keyes]

A man armed with a firearm was shot and injured during a standoff with officers on Wednesday. According to Worcester County District Attorney Joe Early, a “be on the lookout” was issued for a red pickup truck with New Hampshire plates driven by a white male. Around 1:30pm, a probationary Auburn police officer located the truck parked at the Shell Station at 712 Southbridge St., on the corner of Swanson Rd. The officer called in assistance and, upon other officers’ arrival it was found that the suspect was in the vehicle and apparently had a firearm, according to Early. 

A video taken by a bystander from the Bank of America parking lot showed three officers, at least two with weapons drawn and pointed at the pickup truck parked on the side of the Shell station closest to the Emerson Realty plaza. The officers can be heard yelling “Drop the gun” and “Don’t do it”.  Multiple gunshots can be heard on the video, though it is not clear if any of the shots were fired by the suspect. 

According to Early, the suspect was wounded and transported to a local hospital. There was no word on his condition as of this writing. 

Auburn Police Chief Andrew Sluckis stated “This was an isolated incident. No residents in the area or anyone traveling in the area has anything to worry about.” 

Neither Early or Sluckis took questions or offered any additional information. “The investigation is still very preliminary” said EArly, while indicating more information would be released at a later time via press release.