Suspect found dead after shooting Braintree police officer in the face

Witnesses said they heard at least three gunshots

(Image Courtesy: NBC Boston)

BRAINTREE, Mass. (AP) — A man who police say barricaded himself in a Massachusetts motel room after shooting a police officer in the face has been found dead.

The police officer was shot in the face at a Motel 6 in Braintree, just south of Boston. Police officers and vehicles quickly became stationed around the grounds of the motel where the shooter was holed up.

Police said officers went to 25 Union Street around 9:30 p.m. Friday to check the warrant status of 25-year-old Tizaya Jordan Robinson, when Robinson opened fire, hitting the officer. They said the officer was taken to the hospital for surgery and was in stable condition, with non-life-threatening injuries.

Witnesses said they heard at least three gunshots, possibly up to seven or eight.

Shooting at a Motel 6 in Braintree, Mass. on May 5, 2017. (Image Courtesy: NBC Boston)

According to NBC Boston, “The officer was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital…He was said to be alert and talking to paramedics when he left the scene.”

Police later identified the wounded officer as 36-year-old Officer Donald Delaney of the Braintree Police Department, adding that he may have to undergo a second surgery to have a bullet moved from his head. During a news conference Friday, Braintree Mayor Joseph Sullivan said, “He’s a very good officer. We understand now his injuries are not life threatening, and so we will continue to monitor this situation.”

Police say officers later entered the room and found Robinson dead. They say Robinson suffered multiple gunshot wounds, including a self-inflicted wound to the head. The entire motel was evacuated, and a nearby train station was closed.

Mayor Sullivan said there have been issues with this motel in the past; “We’re frustrated. There has been some history of the site, and working with them. We had taken a series of steps to upgrade the facility, but this is obviously a step backward and we need to do something more significant and more positive as we move forward.”

Multiple police departments were called to the motel, including a regional SWAT team.

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