Carjacking suspect killed by police was a Dracut resident

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DRACUT — A carjacking suspect who was killed by police Sunday was a Dracut resident, according to the Essex District Attorney’s Office.

Carrie Kimball, a spokeswoman for the office, identified him Monday as Thomas Murray, 31, of Dracut. Murray was shot by police in Newbury on Sunday, according to officials.

He was pronounced dead at Anna Jacques Hospital in Newburyport after State Police rendered first aid, Kimball said Sunday. No police were injured during the shooting incident, which occurred in the village of Byfield at about 6 p.m. that day, according to State Police spokesman David Procopio.

Murray was a suspect in a pair of carjackings that took place in Lowell and Nashua Sunday afternoon. At about 3 p.m., Lowell Police received a call reporting a carjacking near the Tavern in the Square restaurant on Chelmsford Street, according to Lowell Police Capt. James Hodgdon.

The victim told police she was in her car when a white male opened her door and told her to get out. He struggled with the victim, taking her pocketbook, and then fled the scene in the stolen car heading north on Route 3, Hodgdon said.

A short time later, emergency radio broadcasts announced that a suspect allegedly stole a vehicle from Tulley Automotive Group on Daniel Webster Highway in Nashua, N.H.

The suspect allegedly came into the dealership armed with a knife and demanded a vehicle from an employee, Kimball said. The employee was stabbed by the suspect, who then fled the scene with a black 2020 BMW X5 M. The stolen SUV did not have any license plates.

Kimball said Sunday that the victim of the stabbing suffered minor injuries and has since been released from the hospital.

State Police said in a press release that they found the stolen SUV and suspect, Murray, in the vicinity of Prime Gas Station on Central Street in Byfield, a village in the town of Newbury. State Police approached the vehicle, at which time it appeared the suspect attempted to escape, Kimball said. She said the suspect drove into the cruiser parked behind him.

“At that point in the confrontation, an officer or officers discharged a weapon or weapons,” Kimball said. “We have not yet determined how many, or who did it.”

Police stated in the release Sunday that it has not been confirmed whether the suspect in the Nashua theft, now identified as Murray, is responsible for the prior carjacking in Lowell. Kimball said he is also connected to two other vehicle thefts, one in Boston and another in North Andover, which both occurred on Saturday.