Wounded Mass. policeman praised

Springfield Republican (Mass.)

SPRINGFIELD - Police officer David M. Askins is well-acquainted with the danger of police work.

The 13-year police veteran was shot in the leg yesterday at 126 Malden St. while trying to arrest a man wanted on a fugitive from justice warrant. Askins, 37, was taken to Baystate Medical Center and is expected to recover.

In 2005, a fleeing drug suspect plowed into Askins' cruiser during police pursuit. Askins was not injured, unlike the time in 2003 when his cruiser was struck by a drunken driver on Worthington Street. He and his partner were treated for head, back, shoulder and neck injuries.

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