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Massachusetts man arrested on attempted murder charge after striking officer with vehicle



A Massachusetts man has been arrested on several charges after reportedly hitting an officer with his vehicle.

According to Dave Procopio of Massachusetts State Police, early this morning, Troopers from the Massachusetts State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section, members of the United States Marshals Service, Fitchburg Police Officers, and Troopers from the State Police-Leominster Barracks located and arrested the suspect who struck a Boylston Police officer with a motor vehicle two days ago.

Troopers, Marshals, and Officers converged on an apartment on Wilson Avenue, Fitchburg, and took Bryan Walker, 39, into custody without incident. Walker is charged with Attempted murder; Assault and battery on a Police Officer causing serious bodily injury; Assault and battery with a dangerous weapon; Assault and battery on a police officer; Trafficking in cocaine over 36 grams; Leaving the scene of a crash that caused personal injury;
Reckless operation of a motor vehicle; and Speeding.

This morning’s arrest came after investigators developed information that Walker was potentially hiding out and set up surveillance. Walker was booked at State Police-Leominster and is expected to be arraigned in Fitchburg District Court today.

On Wednesday morning, the Massachusetts State Police Gang Unit attempted to execute a search warrant on Mechanic Street, Fitchburg, pursuant to an ongoing investigation. Walker was the target of that investigation. The Gang Unit was assisted by members of a Worcester County drug task force, which includes members of local area police departments.

As Troopers and task force members approached the address, Walker exited the residence and reached his vehicle before officers could stop him. While fleeing the scene in the vehicle, he struck the Boylston police officer who was on foot. That officer, a male who was a member of the Task Force, suffered serious injuries and was transported by EMS to UMass Medical Center. The suspect continued to flee in the vehicle after striking the officer. A subsequent search for him by State Police patrol units, Gang Unit Troopers, K9 teams and Air Wing did not locate the suspect, prompting the follow-up investigation by MSP VFAS, USMS, and Fitchburg Police that led to this morning’s arrest.

The Boylston Police Officer continues to undergo treatment and further tests.

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