Police: High-speed chase connected to Fall River shooting

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Police: High-speed chase connected to Fall River shooting

FALL RIVER, Mass. (WPRI) — Fall River police now confirm the high-speed chase through the south end of the city on Halloween is connected to a shooting investigation from earlier in the week.

The chase started around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday. Sgt. J.T. Hoar said police spotted a gray 2018 Subaru Legacy with Tennessee plates that had been seen on surveillance video near the scene of Monday’s shooting at Pleasant and Thomas Streets.

A man was shot in the leg and rushed to Rhode Island Hospital.

Hoar said officers tried to pull over the vehicle Wednesday but the car did not comply.

The chase went through the streets of Fall River, briefly into Freetown, then onto Route 24. Massachusetts State Police were called in to assist when the pursuit continued onto the highway.

The suspect vehicle eventually exited the highway and the chase was called off.

“You have to look at the totality of the circumstances. Is the risk worth the reward, and also the most important thing is to make sure the public’s safe,” Hoar said. “It’s a double-edged sword because we’re trying to get shooters off the street, but we also don’t want to cause another type of tragedy to occur.”

Police eventually found the vehicle abandoned in a parking lot at the intersection of Slade and Foote Streets around 5:20 p.m.

Fall River police told Eyewitness News no arrests have been made, and no one was hurt in the pursuit.

Eyewitness News crews at the scene saw K-9 units searching the area.

The suspect vehicle was eventually towed away.

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