UPDATED: Pittsfield Pursuit Ends With Officer Firing on Vehicle
UPDATED: Wednesday, Jan. 25, at 6:45 p.m.
The district attorney's office says at the park Marauszwski drove at Streit, who was outside of the cruiser. Streit then fired three shots from his service weapon at the vehicle, two of which struck the vehicle and one hitting Marauszwski. The Mercedes that Marauszwski was driving came to a stop as it crashed into a cement post.
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A routine traffic stop on Bartlett Avenue on Wednesday morning turned into a police pursuit through the center of the city that resulted in an officer firing on the vehicle.
Police Chief Michael Wynn said the incident occurred at about 9:09 a.m. when officers reported that the stop had turned into a pursuit.
"Within 5 minutes, we were informed by the involved officers that they were involved in a scene of shots fired and the suspect was in custody," the chief said at the scene outside Rotary Park on Springside Avenue.
The pursuit ended when the driver of the vehicle tried to cut through the park and struck a cement barrier post.
Both the officer and the individual in the motor vehicle were taken to Berkshire Medical Center according to protocol, he said.
Wynn declined at this point to say if anyone had been injured, citing the active investigation.
"What we believe at this time is one officer fired his weapon at the vehicle that was involved in the pursuit," he said, and that only one person was in the vehicle.
Springside Avenue is currently closed between Glenwood Avenue and Brown Street.
Wynn said state police from the Cheshire barracks are helping to cover the city with patrols as Pittsfield Police Department works the investigation. The city has also requested the aid of the state police detective unit assigned to the district attorney's office.
"There's obviously so many of our people involved," he said. "Our crime scene unit and our traffic unit will be mapping the scene for the state police."
Any further information, Wynn said, will come through the district attorney's office.