HINGHAM, Mass. (AP) -- A prosecutor says a Hingham police officer shot a man who pointed what looked like a real handgun at him, but the weapon turned out to be a pellet gun.

Plymouth County District Attorney Timothy Cruz says state police are investigating the shooting that occurred shortly after 1:30 a.m. Sunday.

Cruz says the man who was shot, 33-year-old Brian Middendorf of Hingham, is in critical condition at a hospital with thigh and arm wounds, but he’s expected to survive.

The officer who shot Middendorf hasn’t been named.

Cruz says Middendorf called police, then led officers on car chase that ended when he got out of his vehicle and pointed the gun at the officers. One officer shot Middendorf.

Middendorf is charged with assault with a dangerous weapon and other crimes.


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