NYC man charged in chase that led to police shots

Sajid Dacres was charged with Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon

WARE, Mass. (AP/WWLP) — Authorities say a New York City man has been arraigned on a weapons charge and other offenses in a September incident that led to an officer-involved shooting in Ware.

The Northwestern District Attorney’s office says 30-year-old Sajid Dacres of the Bronx was ordered held on $100,000 bail Monday. Dacres was charged with Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon, Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle and Failure to Stop for Police.

Authorities say he was driving a vehicle that was pulled over by two Ware police officers investigating possible credit card fraud at a local pharmacy on September 23rd. They said he tried drive away, striking Officer Aaron DeSantis on his right leg, who fired twice and injured Dacres.

Dacres was initially treated for his injuries at Wing Memorial Hospital in Palmer, and then transported Baystate Medical Center in Springfield. Officer DeSantis was treated for a contusion to his right knee at Mary Lane Hospital in Ware.

The Massachusetts State Police said an investigation determined DeSantis’ use of force was justified, and this was based an examination of physical evidence, ballistics analysis, witness statements, and medical records.

Dacres’s is scheduled for a full bail hearing on December 18th at 2:00 p.m.

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