Officer shot in the face, shooter found dead after standoff in motel room
A man who police say barricaded himself inside a motel room after shooting a Massachussetts officer in the face has been found dead.
Officials said the shooter, who has not been identified, was found early Saturday morning after an hours-long standoff at a Motel 6 in Braintree, Fox 25 Boston reported.
Braintree police said officers were at the motel late Friday night to check a person’s warrant status when the person opened fire, hitting one officer.
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Braintree Police Chief Paul Shastany said at a press conference early Saturday that the officer underwent surgery at a Boston hospital and is expected to survive.
Fox 25 reported that the injured officer was able to speak while being transported to a Boston hospital for surgery.
Witnesses say they heard at least three gunshots, possibly up to seven or eight.
Many rooms at the motel have been evacuated. A nearby train station has been closed.
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Braintree Mayor Joseph Sullivan told Patch that the Motel 6 has been known for past issues. He called the situation “frustrating.”
"We need to do a better job. There has been some history at the site and working with them I think we've taken some steps to upgrade the facility, but this is obviously a step back and we need to do something that is going to be more significant and hopefully more positive moving forward," Sullivan said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.