Police: Man who struck officer with vehicle apprehended

February 18, 2022 GMT

FITCHBURG, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man who authorities say seriously injured a police officer when he struck him with a vehicle while fleeing earlier this week has been caught and now faces attempted murder and other charges, state police said Friday.

Bryan Walker, 39, was arrested Friday in Fitchburg, two days after he allegedly struck the officer, a member of the Boylston Police Department and the Worcester County Drug Task Force, police said in a statement.

The task force and other law enforcement agencies attempted to execute a search warrant at a different Fitchburg address on Wednesday as part of an ongoing investigation of Walker, the statement said.

As officers approached, Walker exited the home, jumped in a vehicle and struck the officer as he drove away, police said.

Investigators developed information that he was at another Fitchburg address and apprehended him there.

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The officer who was struck, whose name was not made public, was taken to the hospital and continues to undergo treatment.

In addition to attempted murder, Walker faces other charges including assault and battery on a police officer causing serious bodily injury; reckless operation of a motor vehicle; and cocaine trafficking. It could not be determined if he has a lawyer.