Watch: Massachusetts state trooper shot on Cape Cod, search on for gunman

A state trooper is expected to survive after someone shot him in Hyannis, and police continue to search for the person who fired the gun.

The 28-year-old state trooper, who police did not identify further, suffered a “serious” gunshot wound through the hand after he stopped a car on Camp Street at 11:30 p.m. Friday, state police said.

Massachusetts State Police said the round went through his hand and hit his bulletproof vest. The wounds are considered not to be life threatening.

“I’ve been shot! I’ve been shot,” the trooper called into 911 dispatchers, according to a Cape Cod news correspondent who recorded and then filmed the aftermath of the shooting.

Another trooper took him to Cape Cod Hospital, and then an ambulance took him to Massachusetts General Hospital. The trooper’s injury is not life threatening, MSP said.

The car that the trooper had stopped took off after the shooting, police said, and a search is ongoing for the people inside it as the investigation continues.

The trooper who brought his wounded comrade to the hospital was Timothy Shields, who graduated alongside the injured man from the most recent academy class, and both are assigned to the State Police-Yarmouth Barracks.

Col. Christopher Mason, superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police, praised Shields, who he said “took quick and decisive action to get his wounded brother Trooper to the emergency room immediately. Both Troopers remained calm and composed in a highly stressful situation, and both did what they had to do without delay — behavior that speaks volumes about their character, courage, and the quality of their training at the State Police Academy. We are grateful that the outcome was not worse.”

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Mason said this is a reminder of the “inherent danger that is present” anytime a police officer walks up to a motor vehicle or a suspect.

“What happened last night also underscores the willingness of criminals to arm themselves and commit violent acts in the blink of an eye to avoid investigation or apprehension, “Mason said. “We are left to wonder if our Trooper, by engaging a suspect or suspects who were armed and ready to shoot, prevented some other violent crime from occurring in the community.”

A fellow state trooper is seen driving a fellow officer away from the scene of a shooting Friday night and to the nearby hospital. The trooper was shot in the hand. (Photo by Robert Bastille/HyannisNews.com.) 
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