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I-89 in Hopkinton shutdown after pursuit, police-involved shooting

  • Hopkinton police blocked off Interstate 89's southbound Exit 7 after police shot a man and shut down the highway for several hours. Concord Monitor—Caitlin Andrews

  • Hopkinton police blocked off Interstate 89's southbound Exit 7 after police shot a man and shut down the highway for several hours. Concord Monitor—Caitlin Andrews

  • Hopkinton police blocked off Interstate 89's southbound Exit 7 after police shot a man and shut down the highway for several hours. Concord Monitor—Caitlin Andrews

  • Hopkinton police blocked off Interstate 89’s south-bound Exit 7 ramp after a shooting shut down the highway for several hours.

  • Hopkinton police blocked off Interstate 89's southbound Exit 7 after police shot a man and shut down the highway for several hours. Concord Monitor—Caitlin Andrews

  • The southbound lanes between Interstate 89's Exit 6 and 7 were backed up for several hours after police shot a man and shut down the highway for several hours. Concord Monitor—Caitlin Andrews



Monitor staff
Friday, May 19, 2017

A portion of Interstate 89 was shut down for hours Friday night after New Hampshire police shot a man suspected of stealing a car in Vermont.

State police said a trooper spotted the stolen vehicle around 7 p.m., before pulling it over in Hopkinton. During the stop, a confrontation occurred between the officer and driver, ending when the man was shot by law enforcement. Geoffrey Ward, assistant attorney general, declined to say whether it was a state trooper who shot the man or local law enforcement. The man was taken to a hospital and is expected to survive his injuries. Ward declined to say where the suspect was taken.

It is not clear how many officers discharged their weapons or how many times the man was shot.

The highway was shut down for hours after the altercation. Hopkinton police blocked access to the southbound portion of the highway near the Exit 7 on-ramp. The state police major crimes unit arrived at the scene around 9:30 p.m.

New Hampshire State Police issued a traffic alert on social media that the highway was shut down due to a pursuit and officer-involved shooting.

Ward said the Attorney General’s office is investigating the incident. No officers were injured in the incident, he said.

Charges against the man, as well as his identity, were not released.

Cars could be seen parked on the southbound side of the highway between exits 6 and 7.

There was no estimate of when the highway would be reopened Friday night. The circumstance that led to the incident are under investigation.