SCITUATE, R.I. (WPRI) — Scituate police are searching for a suspect who they say attempted to strike an officer with his vehicle after being pulled over.
“The silver car was totaled, and it was right up against the truck so a truck had basically stopped the guy.” Erin Walsh got home Friday night shortly after the crash. Her house is just yards away from where the incident happened.
“We were pretty disconcerted by it,” Walsh said.
According to police, the Scituate Police Department was notified just after 8 p.m. Friday night of a vehicle that had just taken off from the Foster Police Department at a high rate of speed. The vehicle, identified as having New York license plates, was seen on Rt. 116 South.
A Scituate officer, traveling on Rt. 114 North spotted the vehicle. He made a u-turn, and attempted to stop the suspect.
Once the officer turned on his lights, the suspect began to speed away from the officer.
As the suspect was entering the intersection of Rt. 114 and 14, he lost control of the vehicle and crashed.
According to police, the suspect initially followed the officers commands, but then suddenly backed his vehicle into a position placing the officer in fear of his safety.
The suspect then drove directly at the officer. Fearing he would be hit, the officer fired his weapon at the suspect while avoiding being struck by the vehicle.
“Everyone in the neighborhood had heard the shots,” Walsh said.
The suspect took off before getting into a head on crash with a passing motorist.
After that crash, the suspect took off from the vehicle on foot, running into the wooded reservoir property.
“It’s pretty nerve wracking, it was pretty intense to know that he was missing and that he had taken off on foot and we weren’t really sure if we needed to be concerned about our house, could he be on our property, could he be anywhere in the area still,” Walsh said.
Police are still looking for the suspect, who is described as being a black male and approximately 6 feet tall. He was last seen wearing blue jeans and a yellow shirt with black stripes.
“Not something you expect in Scituate,” Walsh said.
Officer and K-9 units from the Rhode Island State Police, along with Foster, Coventry, Johnston and Cranston police assisted with the search.
Neighbors tell Eyewitness News, they received a call from police Friday night with the suspect description, telling them to be on the lookout and call if they have any information.
Count on Eyewitness News for updates on this developing news story as we learn them.