Prisoner shot outside Mass. courthouse
By Andrew Ryan, Globe Staff
A prisoner was shot in the chest outside Barnstable Superior Court this morning, authorities said.
The shooting at about 8:30 a.m. was in the street in front of the courthouse, according to Barnstable Fire Chief Robert Crosby. The man, whose name was not released, was flown by helicopter to a Boston hospital.
Fire officials were called to assist police, Crosby said.
Barnstable police did not immediately return several phone messages seeking comment.
The fleeing prisoner crashed into the driver's side of the van, according to the website. The prisoner then backed up the Honda and drove around the van and across Route 6A, hitting a wall in front of the courthouse.
Megan Burke, 24, was working at the Barnstable General Store when she said there was a commotion outside.
"We heard what we thought was a loud crash," said Burke in a telephone interview. "We ran out the door and saw this green car crash into the wall outside court."
About 15 Barnstable police officers and court officers were running after the car, Burke said. The officers were yelling, "'Get out of the car' with their guns drawn," Burke said. The man was bloody and had already been shot, Burke said.
One of the police officers used a baton to break one of the windows of the car, Burke said. A court officer got in the car next to the prisoner and waited for an ambulance to arrive. Paramedics pulled the man out of the car and put him on a stretcher, Burke said.
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