A high-speed chase down the Southeast Expressway to Route 3 this morning ended in a crash and a violent confrontation just off the highway in Rockland, where police shot and killed a suspect from a Roxbury incident.
Cops gave chase around 10:24 a.m. after a woman was seen trying to get out of the suspect’s car, while the suspect tried to keep her in, Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis and Plymouth District Attorney Timothy Cruz said. The woman was apparently struck at the intersection of Blue Hill Avenue and Woodcliff in Roxbury. The vehicle fled onto Interstate 93 at Massachusetts Avenue and Columbia Road.
Police caught up to the suspect about 16 miles later after he took Exit 14 off Route 3, where skid marks were visible. The suspect hit at least one cruiser. In a confrontation, officers discharged their guns, hitting the suspect. The unidetified man was declared dead at South Shore Hospital at 12:45 p.m.
The circumstances of the shooting were under investigation. Davis and Cruz did not say whether the man was armed.
The chase, with speeds of up to 85 m.p.h, snarled traffic along Route 3, as cars veered from the path of dozens of police cruisers, which included Boston and state police, Boston police spokesman Eddy Chrispin said.
“I stopped counting at 30 cars,” said one driver who was heading north at the time. As many as 80 police officers arrived on scene.
Meanwhile, in an apparently unrelated Roxbury incident this morning, police reported a man fired shots at officers on Slayton Way. There were no immediate reports of injuries. A suspect was arrested.