Breaking: Massachusetts Police Cruiser Bursts Into Flames After Coming Under Gunfire

Gunman escapes scene after unloading on cop car


by Mikael Thalen & Joe Biggs |

According to the Massachusetts State Police, “preliminary investigation indicates the shots were fired from a dark colored – possibly maroon – pickup truck” that fled the scene.

In an attempt to locate the suspect, who was described only as a white male, Massachusetts State Police have deployed a helicopter from the department’s Air Wing unit as well as other police from surrounding areas.

“Additionally, State Police detectives, K9 units, crime scene technicians, ballistics technicians, and fire investigators are en route to the scene to assist,” police said.

No injuries have been reported thus far.

This latest shooting follows Tuesday’s shooting death of an Illinois police officer, the suspected homicide of Abilene, Texas Officer Don Allen Monday and the execution-style shooting of a Harris Co., Texas, deputy sheriff late last week.

Cops: Vandals Egg Police Memorial Miles from Where Deputy Executed


“We’re fearing it’s someone that’s taken up with all the bad rhetoric… terrorist talk from people like Farrakhan and the Black Panthers”


Police in Texas are searching for vandals who egged a police memorial miles from where Harris County Deputy Darren Goforth was shot last week.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Department and Brenham law enforcement say they’re looking for suspects who threw eggs at the Washington County courthouse memorial on Sunday.

“Crime Stoppers is offering a $1,000 reward for any information that leads to an arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible,” reports KHOU.

Law enforcement agencies are on high alert after a spate of police deaths in other states.

“That might seem like a small thing, but in today’s hostile environment towards law enforcement with them being literally executed we want to nip this in the bud,” said Washington County Crime Stoppers Chairman John Deans.


“We’re fearing it’s someone that’s taken up with all the bad rhetoric and as far as I’m concerned terrorist talk from people like Farrakhan and the Black Panthers,” Deans remarked.

The memorial is located at the Washington County seat in Brenham, less than an hour’s drive from where Deputy Goforth was gunned down last Friday while pumping gas at a station in Cypress.brenham-cypress

The incident is one more indication of how police are growing increasingly vigilant against violent rhetoric, acts and symbols, as three police across the nation have been killed within a week.

Police in Houston are similarly looking for suspects who have vandalized several locations across town with spray-painted police officer and gun emojis, suggesting a “kill cop” message.



*(GENTLE GIANTS IN CHICAGO)* – Shootings leave 5 dead, 11 wounded across city – Chicago Tribune


By Peter Nickeas and Carlos Sadovi Chicago Tribunecontact the reporters


Shootings have left five people dead and 11 wounded since Tuesday afternoon on the South and Northwest sides, police said Wednesday.

The most recent homicide left two dead in the Uptown neighborhood about 2:15 a.m., according to police. A 34-year-old man was pronounced dead at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center and a 32-year-old man was pronounced dead on the scene.

The shooting took place in the 5000 block of North Winthrop Avenue, according to Poluice News Affairs, which was releasing no further information about the slaying.

A 25-year-old man was shot to death in the 2700 block of West Lexington Avenue about 12:20 a.m. Police responded to a call of a person shot and found the man lying on the sidewalk wounded. He was shot in the head, chest and groin and pronounced dead at the scene. No one is in custody.

Three people were shot, one fatally, in the 1300 block of South Kostner Avenue about 11:40 p.m. A 16-year-old boy was killed and woman, 42, and a girl, 14, were wounded. Someone in a white sedan drove by and opened fire, hitting the three. All three were taken to Stroger Hospital. The 42-year-old was shot in the leg and the 14-year-old in the back. Their conditions were stabilized, authorities said.

The boy was identified Wednesday afternoon as Marcus Weathers, according to the medical examiner’s office. He lived in the same block where he was killed.

Earlier, about 4:45 p.m., two people including an 18-year-old man, were wounded in a shooting in the 6100 block of West Fullerton Avenue in the Belmont Central neighborhood, said Officer Thomas Sweeney, a Chicago police spokesman. The shooting happened at Riis Park, according to police.

The man was shot in the chest and taken to Loyola University Medical Center in critical condition. The man, identified as Orlando Calderon, was pronounced dead at 10 p.m., according to the medical examiner’s office. Police had initially said the man was 16, and had not indicated that he had died.

A 21-year-old woman was also shot in the same incident. She had a leg wound and also was taken to Loyola Medical Center where her condition had stabilized, Sweeney said.

The man and woman were in the park separately when someone came up and began firing shots, possibly at the man, police said.

In other, non-fatal shootings:

Two men were shot in the Humboldt Park neighborhood about 5:10 a.m. They both walked into Norwegian American Hospital with gunshot wounds. The two were in the front seat of a car, heading south in the 1100 block of Washtenaw Avenue, when three people on the street threw gang signs and shouted slogans before someone opened fire toward the car. Three passengers in the back seat weren’t injured. The car’s 19-year-old driver was grazed in the arm and hit in the wrist and the 20-year-old front-seat passenger was hit in the lower back and is in critical condition.

A man was shot twice in the back of the head in the 2800 block of West Jackson Boulevard about 12:45 a.m. He was described by police as uncooperative and is in fair condition at Stroger Hospital.

A 21-year-old was shot in the 100 block of North Central Avenue about 12:30 a.m. He was shot in the back and taken in critical condition to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood.

A 35-year-old man was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn after getting shot in the 7500 block of South Ingleside Avenue about 10:25 p.m., police said. He was standing on the sidewalk when someone emerged from an alley and opened fire, police said. His condition has been stabilized.

A 23-year-old man was shot in the 300 block of South Central Avenue about 8:15 p.m. He was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital with a wound to his arm and his condition was stabilized, police said.

A woman was shot at noon in the 6700 block of South Prairie Avenue in the Park Manor neighborhood, Sweeney said. The woman, who was shot in the leg, managed to get to the University of Chicago Hospitals and was transferred to Mount Sinai Hospital where she was stabilized.

At 11:45 a.m. a man, 24, was shot in the leg in the 8800 block of South Racine Avenue in the Gresham neighborhood, Sweeney said. The man was taken to Christ Medical Center where his condition had stabilized, Sweeney said.