1 in hospital after officer-involved shooting in Ware

WARE, Mass. (WWLP) — One person was injured in an officer-involved shooting in the Town of Ware Tuesday night. The Northwestern District Attorney’s office is investigating what led up to an incident in which a Ware police officer fired his service gun during a traffic stop.

The incident happened at about 7:30 Tuesday night, when a Ware police officer pulled over a car on Route 32 near Kingsberry Lane. At some point during that traffic stop, the officer fired his service weapon, according to Mary Carey, spokesperson for the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office.

David Procopio of State Police Media Relations told 22News that at some point during the traffic stop, the vehicle drove toward or struck the officer. The officer then fired their gun.

Procopio says that one person was injured, and was taken to Baystate Wing Memorial Hospital in Palmer, before being moved to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield. The nature of that person’s injuries is not known at this time. It is also not clear at this time whether the officer was hurt in the incident.

The vehicle, which had New York license plates, was driven away after the incident.

22News went to Ware Wednesday, where the incident was the talk of the town.

“I’m shocked that that’s happening. We are a family oriented community and a small community. Things like that don’t usually happen in this area,” said Emily Whitebear of Ware.

“A lot of things that are happening in our small little town I don’t believe are really happening, but unfortunately they are. Times have changed. I never thought I’d hear that, but then again, I never thought I’d hear a lot of things that are going on in our little town,” lifelong Ware resident Barbara Grushey said.

“I was very shocked and I feel very bad and I’m just so sorry it happened because I just don’t feel like this is a place where that happens. I don’t feel unsafe. I feel very safe here,” said Andrea Battle, who works in Ware.

22News has put in multiple calls for additional information, but Carey said that there was nothing new that could be released at this time.

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