BEDFORD -- An Everett man is in custody and being treated for injuries after a crime spree that police say included a carjacking in Billerica, another carjacking in Concord, and an exchange of gunfire with police in Carlisle.
For a few minutes before the pursuit was ended by a state trooper who forced the suspect to crash in Bedford, state police were asking all local schools to delay dismissal until the suspect was in custody, according to police radio broadcasts.
The incident began early Monday morning in Haverhill, where police say Donald Hall, 28, of Everett, assaulted someone and carjacked a vehicle about 2 a.m., according to state police.
Hall then disappeared for several hours, until the vehicle, stolen from Haverhill, was found in Newton about 5:15 a.m., according to Jon Guilfoil, a spokesman working on behalf of police in Billerica, Bedford, Concord, Carlisle and Newton.
A few hours later, in Newton, police say Hall knocked on the door of a home, told the resident he struck her vehicle, and then went into that woman's home, took her keys, and fled in her Acura sedan.
Newton police said they spotted the Acura a short time later in West Newton Square, but police say Hall drove at two police officers who tried to stop him.
"At that time, the suspect is accused of aggressively driving toward the officer, causing him to draw his service weapon and fire. It is not known at this time if the suspect was struck," Guilfoil wrote in a prepared statement.
Hall drove around that officer and soon struck three vehicles, injuring an occupant in one vehicle, according to police. Police lost track of Hall as he fled.
It was about a half-hour later when the crime spree made its first mark in the Greater Lowell area.
Hall ditched the vehicle he stole from Newton and carjacked a Toyota Tundra pickup from 240 Nashua Road in Billerica before fleeing into Carlisle, according to police.
When police began chasing Hall, he opened fire on officers, first in the area of 915 Concord St. in Carlisle, and then again a couple blocks later in the area of 1140 Concord St., according to police. Police returned fire, according to Guilfoil. No officers were injured.
After crossing into Concord, Hall ditched the Toyota Tundra and carjacked a Ford Flex from the parking lot of a pharmacy at 91 Lowell Road, according to police.
Hall then drove toward Hanscom Air Force Base, making a quick U-Turn not far from the base's gate, and then he continued into Bedford with police in pursuit.
Bedford police were waiting at their town line with spiked strips that flattened the tires on the Ford Flex, and a short time later a state-police commander authorized troopers to cause the suspect's vehicle to crash, according to police-radio broadcasts.
Using a maneuver known as a "precision immobilization technique," which police train for but rarely use, a state trooper caused Hall to lose control of the Ford and crash into a utility pole and then a tree on Spring Road in Bedford, according to police.
State police arrested Hall at gunpoint and sent him for immediate treatment of serious but non life-threatening injuries at Lahey Clinic in Burlington. Police say they recovered a gun in the vehicle after Hall was arrested.
"This suspect clearly showed that he was willing to harm police and innocent people today, and the excellent work of all the police officers involved today ensured that neither of those scenarios came to pass," said Concord Police Chief William Chase.
Police said they are working with the Middlesex District Attorney's Office to sort out what charges Hall will face and in which jurisdictions. Prosecutors have yet to determine when and where Hall will be arraigned.
A spokesman for District Attorney Marian Ryan said she has comment until Hall is scheduled for arraignment.
"I'm proud of the actions of all the officers involved in the successful apprehension of an armed and dangerous suspect, and we are grateful that no one was hurt as this suspect tore through our community," said Billerica Deputy Chief Roy Frost.
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