For Immediate Release
Monday, July 18, 2016
Contact: Middlesex County District Attorney’s Office
Tyngsborough Man Charged in Chelmsford Officer-Involved Shooting
CHELMSFORD – Middlesex County District Attorney Marian Ryan, Chelmsford Chief of Police James Spinney and Tyngsborough Police Chief Richard Howe have announced that Michael Clark, 27, of Tyngsborough has been charged in connection with events that occurred in Chelmsford on July 16.
Clark has been charged with assault with intent to murder; assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (motor vehicle); operating negligently to endanger; assault and battery on a police officer; resisting arrest; receiving a stolen motor vehicle; receiving stolen property over $250; and failure to stop for a police officer.
Clark is scheduled to be arraigned tomorrow at 2 p.m. at Boston Medical Center, 840 Harrison Ave., Boston providing his medical condition allows. Only one pool camera and one print reporter will be allowed in the room. Please contact Meghan Kelly at [email protected] in Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan’s Communications Office to confirm attendance.
The investigation into the facts and circumstances of the officer-involved shooting that took place Saturday night in Chelmsford remains open and active.
At approximately 8:36 p.m., a Tyngsborough police officer encountered the suspect vehicle. The Tyngsborough police officer followed the vehicle down Route 3. The suspect vehicle left Route 3 in Chelmsford and a Chelmsford officer also attempted to stop the suspect vehicle.
Later investigation revealed that at approximately 7:51 p.m. on Saturday, July 16, a gray Buick LeSabre was reported stolen from the Lowell General Hospital parking lot. Clark allegedly drove that vehicle to Nashua, N.H. and made several fraudulent purchases with the vehicle owner’s credit cards.
The vehicle entered the parking lot at Sully’s Ice Cream Stand on Graniteville Road in Chelmsford. When a Chelmsford sergeant approached the vehicle the suspect backed up dragging the officer several yards.
Fearing for the safety of the Chelmsford officer, a Tyngsborough officer fired his service weapon striking the suspect.
The suspect, a 27-year-old Tynsgborough man, sustained two gunshot wounds and was Med-flighted to a Boston-area hospital where he is currently in critical condition.
The Chelmsford officer sustained non-life threatening injuries and was transported to a local-area hospital and was later released.
The Tyngsborough police officer who discharged his weapon is currently on administrative leave per department policy.
This is an open and active investigation being conducted by Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office, the Tynsgborough Police Department and the Chelmsford Police Department.
This is a press release from the Middlesex County District Attorney’s Office.