The Lowell police officer who shot a man during a traffic stop in the city early Wednesday has been identified as Patrick F. Casey, an officer who graduated from the Lowell Police Academy last year.
Casey stopped a car on Middlesex Street near Webber Street at 3:29 a.m. Wednesday for vehicle violations, according to police. The driver, Darris Newton, 23, of Lowell, allegedly got out of the car and began shooting at Casey. The officer was not hit, but he returned fire, striking Newton in the chest and arm.
Newton was taken to Tufts Medical Center with serious injuries, but as of Wednesday afternoon was stable, police Captain Timothy Crowley said. Newton’s condition was not available Thursday.
Casey has been placed on administrative leave until the investigation is completed.
Newton was arraigned from his hospital bed Wednesday afternoon. He faces several charges, including armed assault with intent to murder, unlawful carrying of a loaded firearm, operating a motor vehicle with defective equipment, and a red light violation.
Kiera Blessing can be reached at [email protected]
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