From MSP News.com - Massachusetts State Police and several local police departments are investigating shots fired into a Millis Police Department cruiser at approximately 3 pm. on Forest Road in that town. The cruiser was struck by gunfire, then crashed and caught on fire.
State Police are not aware of any injuries at this time. If that changes we will update this post.
Preliminary investigation indicates the shots were fired from a dark colored — possibly maroon — pickup truck. The suspect vehicle fled the scene after the shooting. Preliminary reports describe the suspect as a white male.
State Police patrols from Troops H and C have responded to assist in the search for the suspect, as has a helicopter from our Air Wing. Additionally, State Police detectives, crime scene technicians, ballistics technicians, and fire investigators are en route to the scene to assist.
Update - Thursday 9/3
While the suspect remains at large, crews will resume their investigation this morning. This is what we learned overnight...
The suspect fired at the Millis police cruiser 2 or 3 times causing the officer driving to swerve to avoid the bullets. Doing so, he hit a tree and the cruiser burst into flames but not before the officer was able to fire back. Upon impact, the cruiser burst into flames. The officer was taken to the hospital for precautionary reasons and was unharmed.
Earlier in the day the Millis junior and high school received a menacing phone call. Police were notified and cleared the scene. They are not sure if the two are related.