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HAVERHILL, Mass. -- A police officer who was dragged by a truck pulled himself into the truck's bed and shot the man behind the wheel to stop him, Haverhill police said.

The unidentified officer was not hurt in the dragging Sunday night, said Sgt. John Arahovites.

The suspect, Dean Stockwell, 42, of Newton, N.H., was shot in the right arm. The bullet passed through his arm and lodged in his left foot, Arahovites said. Stockwell was treated at Lawrence General Hospital.

The officer stopped Stockwell because he suspected him of being involved in a hit-and-run about a quarter of a mile away shortly before the stop.

"He was trying to get the guy out of the car," said Sgt. John Arahovites. "Something happened and the guy floored it, and the officer got stuck in the car."

The officer managed to pull himself into the bed of the truck and he yelled at the suspect to stop as the truck reached speeds of 80 miles per hour, Arahovites said.

"The officer had no choice and fired one shot into his arm," he said.

The truck came to a stop at an onramp to 495, about 1.8 miles from where the dragging began.

Arahovites said Stockwell was expected to be charged with drunk driving, assault with intent to murder and several motor vehicle charges. (AP)
 

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here is the story from the local rag:

Monday, April 12, 2004
Officer shoots, arrests fleeing man After being dragged, patrolman fires from back of suspect's speeding pickup
By Jim Patten
Staff Writer

HAVERHILL -- A Haverhill officer being dragged by the pickup truck of an alleged drunken driver hurled himself into the truck's bed and shot the fleeing driver while being tossed around at speeds in excess of 70 mph last night.

Officer Sonny Greenwood fired the shot, which hit driver Dean Stockwell, 41, of 74 S. Main St., Newton, N.H., in the right arm. Stockwell was taken to Lawrence General Hospital for treatment and later released back into police custody.

According to police, Greenwood pulled Stockwell over near the Haverhill Water Treatment Plant on Route 110 following reports of a hit-and-run accident in Monument Square at about 6:15 p.m.

Greenwood tried to pull Stockwell out of his truck, but Stockwell hit the gas, catching Greenwood in the door, police said.

As Stockwell picked up speed, Greenwood, 31, flung himself into the bed of the truck to avoid being hit by oncoming cars, police said. Stockwell's speed reached in excess of 70 mph and the five-year officer was "being thrown around in the back of the truck and warned the man several times to stop," said Sgt. John Arahovites.

"Fearing for his life," Arahovites said, Greenwood pulled his 9 mm service pistol, steadied himself and fired one round through the split rear window of the Chevrolet pickup. Stockwell continued 1.8 miles to the southbound entrance to Interstate 495 on Amesbury Road before pulling over.

Greenwood used great restraint, Arahovites said.

"He had no choice but to shoot him to make him stop," he said.

Stockwell was charged with assault with intent to murder, driving while under the influence of alcohol, failure to stop for a police officer, driving so as to endanger, and having an open container of alcohol in his vehicle.

State police detectives assigned to the district attorney's office and Haverhill detectives are investigating the incident.

Outside the courthouse this morning, Police Chief Alan R. DeNaro said he expects the investigation will show Greenwood was justified in using his gun.

"He is lucky to be alive," the chief said.

Stockwell was held without bail at his arraignment in Haverhill District Court this morning. Judge Kevin Herlihy ordered a dangerousness hearing Thursday that will determine whether Stockwell is too great a danger to society to be released on bail.

During today's arraignment, Stockwell wore a white sweat shirt and used his hands to cover his face. At one point, the prosecutor asked the judge to order that Stockwell show his face, but the judge refused. When asked whether he understood the court proceedings, Stockwell mumbled from his covered face and mouth that he did understand.

Arahovites said Greenwood was on his normal two days off as of this morning and would be afforded as much time as he needs to deal with the incident.

He said he expected the investigation to be wrapped up in a day or so, but that if it was not, it was possible that Greenwood could be placed on administrative leave with pay pending completion of the investigation.
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Sounds like a good shoot to me, but am I imagining things or have there been alot of incidents like this happening lately?
 

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for those interested, part 2, from todays paper:

HAVERHILL -- As George C. Conwell stepped out the front door of his Kenoza Avenue house, he thought he was about to see a police officer killed.

It was an otherwise quiet Easter Sunday when Dean Stockwell, 41, a carpenter who lives in a small apartment at 74 S. Main St. in Newton, N.H., triggered an early evening police chase that ended when he was shot by an officer trapped in the back of his pickup truck. Stockwell suffered minor injuries after the bullet lodged in his left foot.

Stockwell, who is being held without bail at the Middleton jail, will appear at Lawrence District Court Thursday for a dangerousness hearing. He is charged with assault with intent to murder, drunken driving, driving to endanger, failure to stop for an officer, and driving with an open container of alcohol.

The shooting marked the first time a Haverhill police officer has fired on a civilian since 1987, when a man armed with an assault rifle was shot dead by officers, said Sgt. John Arahovites, one of the officers involved in that shooting.

But at 5:15 p.m. Sunday, Conwell, 43, wasn't aware of any of that. He knew that he could be witnessing a grim chapter of local law enforcement history:

First, he saw Officer Sonny Greenwood, a five-year police veteran, speaking into his cruiser's audio system. The officer was addressing a black truck stopped in the middle of the intersection.

"Exit the vehicle," Conwell heard Greenwood say.

No movement from the truck. The traffic light changed colors several times. Nothing.

"Exit the vehicle," he heard the officer say slowly. "Exit the vehicle."

Soon the officer was walking toward the truck. He was tapping on the glass. He was reaching for the door handle. But the truck began to move. It began to fly. The officer was jumping onto the back. The officer was climbing to his knees, clinging to the side. The truck, its engine roaring, sped down the street and the swaying officer disappeared from view. Conwell yelled for his wife, Kathleen Conwell, to dial police.

"There's a cop hanging off the back of a truck," Kathleen told police. She had to repeat it twice because her message was not immediately comprehended. Her husband moved the empty police cruiser, still running with the driver's-side door ajar, into the couple's driveway.

Both Conwells were relieved to discover Greenwood survived the wild ride -- and that Stockwell is in jail.

"I think anybody who would take off like that with a police officer in the back deserves what he gets," said George Conwell, who works restoring historic homes. "That was crazy. There could have been kids out there."

Yesterday morning, Greenwood walked out of his Columbia Park home and climbed into a car with his wife and child. He refused an interview although he smiled, waved and mouthed, "Have a good day." Police say Greenwood is taking a few previously scheduled days off.

Arahovites stood by the officer's actions, explaining that Greenwood had to act fast.

"These things happen in split seconds. For whatever reason, he ended up in the back of the pickup truck. He still gave the guy plenty of opportunity to pull over," he said -- adding the truck traveled at about 70 mph for 1.8 miles before Greenwood shot Stockwell.

"It appears right now that Sonny Greenwood acted with great restraint and did the proper thing," Arahovites added. "We will wait for the results of the investigation, but I think it will be a good shot."

Two young men who followed the chase to its dramatic end have drawn their conclusion, summed up by Haverhill resident Jim Fiset, 18.

"I thought it was pretty cool. It was a good chase," he said.
 

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Good job Officer Greenwood!

That having been said, now you and your family can look forward to a federal lawsuit because you "violated" the scumbags civil rights. Further, I'm willing to wager that the lemmings that comprise the jury will find the idiot "NG" on the OUI and the assault charge! The other charges will goto "file." After all, sustaining injury and death are part of our "jobs." :shock: (as we are endlessly reminded through the "letters to the editor" columns of our various and sundry local rags.)

Have no fear: a civil suit will be filed. Be prepared for it...it will be hanging over your head for 2-3 years.

Lawyers...you gotta love 'em! :x
 

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HAVERHILL -- When police searched the interior to Dean Stockwell's pickup truck, they found 11 empty "nips" of vodka, five empty beer cans and one open beer still full, a prosecutor said yesterday.

Meanwhile, as police removed Stockwell's shoes and belt before putting him into a police holding cell, they made a more grisly discovery in his left sock: the 9mm round that pierced the 41-year-old's right biceps also had passed through his foot and stopped there.

"I thought it was a rock," Stockwell reportedly told officers when they asked him why he didn't tell doctors about the foot wound while being treated for his arm injury at Lawrence General Hospital.

Defense lawyer Joseph F. Gannon, tried to downplay the charge of assault with intent to murder pending against his client, saying Stockwell's drunkenness dashes any chance in proving he planned to kill Haverhill police Officer Sonny Greenwood by speeding away with the officer in tow.

Gannon said Stockwell's level of intoxication was so serious, "that it would rule out the intent to murder."

"There was no intent to injure this man, and there was no intent to hurt him or kill him," Gannon said.

Judge Kevin Gaffney set Stockwell's bail at $50,000 cash, which will likely keep him behind bars at least until his next court date in May.

Police said Stockwell fled an accident in Monument Square about 6:15 p.m. Sunday. Greenwood, 31, had pulled the truck over near the Haverhill Water Treatment Plant on Route 110, but said Stockwell hit the gas and took off, catching Greenwood in the door. The officer hauled himself into the bed of the pickup and finally shot Stockwell in the arm to make him stop, police said.

Assistant District Attorney John DePaulo argued for holding Stockwell on $100,000 cash bail, noting the dangerous circumstances Stockwell created for police when he began to flee -- reaching speeds up to 50 mph. Reading from a report by Officer Dennis Moriarty, DePaulo detailed how Moriarty tried to join in the pursuit near Winnekenni Castle, but blew out a tire while hitting a curb while performing a U-turn.

By the time responding officers got to Stockwell's truck, Greenwood had already fired his shot and had the vehicle stopped. Within minutes, a caravan of state and local police, Trinity Ambulance and the Haverhill Fire Department converged on the scene.

"It was a very dangerous situation. He was fleeing police, your honor ... and he was evasive with police when he was asked his age, date of birth and what his name was," said DePaulo.

Charges against Stockwell include assault with intent to murder, drunken driving, failure to stop for a police officer, driving to endanger, and having an open container of alcohol in his truck.

Gannon described Stockwell as someone unlikely to flee the area if he were set free on bail. Stockwell, a native of Long Island and a graduate of Haverhill High School, has been living with his girlfriend for nearly five years and has his mother living locally, said Gannon, who asked for $2,500 bail.

Stockwell has no previous drunken driving convictions, according to Gannon. Stockwell's last conviction came 12 years ago, an assault and battery charge against his then-fiancee.

"If not for the top charge, this would be a routine case," said Gannon.
 

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How can it not be intent to murder? If you are behind the wheel with that much alcahol in your system you are bound to get someone killed, if not your self :roll: :twisted:
What did this ass-clown think would be the end result of being drunk and driving like an idiot? the bottom line Lawyers Sucks :twisted:
 

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Yea, it sucks...but the "intent" is part of a "specific" intent crime. Intoxication is a common law defense. As most on this board aware, the "intent" element is usually the hardest to prove.
 

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As most on this board aware, the "intent" element is usually the hardest to prove.
Unfortunately, this is correct; I once had a trial where me and another Trooper found two guys that had attempted to rape and STRANGLE this prostitute. They were found guilty on attempted rape and assault and battery, but no dice on assault with intent to murder..... They tried to strangle her for pete's sake!!! :evil: What do you think they're intent was? Give her a neck massage? Still the two skells got 10+ years, so some justice was done.
 
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