Officials: Methuen police detectives shoot robbery suspect

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METHUEN, MASS. >> Four Methuen police detectives have been placed on administrative leave after shooting and injuring a robbery suspect they say was pointing a gun and moving toward them.

Chief Joseph Solomon says the detectives went to an apartment complex at about 8:30 p.m. Thursday to question a suspect in a robbery at a convenience store earlier in the day.

Solomon says when the suspect "without warning drew a black firearm, pointed it at the officers and began to move at them rapidly."

The detectives shot the man several times. He was taken to a hospital and is expected to survive.

The suspect, 36-year-old James Dobbins, was charged with armed robbery while masked. It's not clear if he has a lawyer.

Placing police on administrative leave after a shooting is normal procedure.


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