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Police in Massachusetts Search for Bank Robbery Suspect Who Shot at Officers

Police continue to search for a suspect who allegedly fired a gun at police after robbing a bank in Somerville, Massachusetts on Wednesday morning. Massachusetts State Police said numerous units responded to the area of College Avenue in Davis Square at 10 a.m. for a report of an active shooter. The suspect was alleged to have robbed the Middlesex Federal Savings bank and was believed to be armed.

“While entering the bank he fired off a round, attempted to rob the bank, an officer entered the bank through another door, the officer and the suspect exchanged gunfire,” Somerville Police Chief David Fallon said. “Immediately after that there was a foot pursuit, and we continue to look for this gentleman.”

Dave Powers, who was headed to work at the time, said he heard police yelling and stepped in, attempting to stop the fleeing suspect. The suspect escaped, but dropped a backpack that had a gun in it.

“I was in position to react and had enough time to do so, so I did, hoping to slow him down,” Powers said. As the search continued, authorities urged residents in the area to use caution, stay indoors if possible and report any suspicious persons or activity. Some area schools were even placed in lockdown as the search continued.

“We have a dangerous person still on the loose,” Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone said. “Report any information you may have to the Somerville Police Department and to the call lines or to the social media outlets we provide to you.” Cambridge Police also issued an alert on Twitter urging its residents to be aware of the police activity in Somerville’s Davis Square.

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