A high-speed chase through the streets of Lynn took over the City last Wednesday afternoon, Dec. 19th, after a Dorchester man tried to run over a State Trooper and then tried to make a quick getaway.
His flight, however, was foiled.
Around 3:30 p.m., a State Trooper approached a Hyundai Santa Fe sport utility vehicle on Commercial Street in the area of the Lynnway for suspected narcotics violations.
During the encounter, the suspect attempted to run down the Trooper, who had exited his cruiser. The suspect knocked the Trooper to the ground with his car and fled the scene in his car.
The suspect was later identified as Luis Rosario, 26, of Dorchester.
After the Trooper hit the deck, an all-out pursuit ensued involving State Troopers and officers from the Lynn Police Department on various streets in the City of Lynn. The trooper who was struck suffered minor injuries but was able to get back in his cruiser and help pursue the suspect. Subsequently, during the pursuit, the Hyundai rammed two State Police cruisers. At the intersection of Boston and Franklin Streets, the Hyundai crashed into a Mazda 3 sedan and a Honda Accord. Rosario, whose left rear wheel came off his car, crashed up onto a sidewalk on Boston Street.
A Good Samaritan who was driving on Franklin Street exited his Pontiac Montana minivan and attempted to render aid to a female occupant of the Mazda. Rosario fled his crashed car on foot and entered the Good Samaritan’s minivan. During the confrontation at the intersection of Boston and Franklin Streets, a State Trooper discharged his service weapon, striking Rosario in the arm.
Rosario fled the scene in the minivan and drove to Atkinson Street, where he exited the minivan and fled on foot. Rosario was then apprehended by members of the Lynn Police Department on Cliff Street. He was transported to Salem Hospital where he remained under police guard.
The female occupant of the Mazda was also transported to Salem Hospital for evaluation for potential injuries.
The investigation is ongoing.
A specialized MSP team that responds to use-of-force incidents is investigating the police-involved shooting portion of the incident, per State Police policy. The remaining aspects of the incident are being investigated by Troop A of the State Police with the assistance of the State Police Crime Scene Services Section and Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section.