UPDATE: Suspect in Custody After Four Officers Struck by Hit and Run Driver in Dorchester

At about 12:53 AM on Wednesday November 23, 2016, officers assigned to District B-2 (Roxbury) responded to a radio call for a person with a gun in the area of 7 Stoughton Street.  On arrival, officers observed the suspect vehicle parked and a person matching the given description seated in the driver’s seat.  The officers approached the suspect and ordered him out of the vehicle at which time he attempted to flee the scene.  Two officers began to struggle with the suspect, one on the driver’s side, the other on the passenger’s side as they tried to take the keys out of the ignition.  The suspect was able to get the vehicle in gear and accelerate away, dragging the officers with him as he fled.  Two other officers who were coming to the aid of the officers were also struck by the front of the vehicle, causing them to fall to the ground.  After about twenty feet, the two officers who were being dragged were thrown from the vehicle and landed on the street.  Additional responding officers followed the suspect vehicle but lost it in the area of Draper Street.  The suspect and the suspect vehicle remain at large at this time.  All four officers were transported to an area hospital and have since been released after being treated for a variety of non-life threatening injuries.

Earlier today, at about 10:20 AM, officers assigned to the Youth Violence Strike Force arrested Vincent Weaks, 34, of Roxbury, after locating him in the area of 49 Greenwood Street in Roxbury.  The suspect will appear in Dorchester District Court on charges of Assault & Battery by means of a Dangerous Weapon (Car- 4 Counts).