Pittsfield officer shoots driver who allegedly tried to run him down

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PITTSFIELD — A routine traffic stop took a violent turn Wednesday morning when a city police officer opened fire at a driver who was allegedly heading toward him.

The suspect, Mark A. Marauszwski, 55, of Pittsfield, was struck once by a round fired by Pittsfield Police Officer Martin Streit, according to a report from the Berkshire District Attorney's Office.

Marauszwski was taken to Berkshire Medical Center for treatment, where he is listed in stable condition and is in police custody.

It is the first time in over six years a Pittsfield Police officer has fired at a suspect in the line of duty.

About 9:09 a.m., Officer David Hallas stopped Marauszwski, who was known to have an outstanding traffic violation. on Bartlett Avenue. As Hallas approached the vehicle, a green Mercedes Benz SUV, Marauszwski allegedly struck Hallas with the car's door and sped away, prompting a pursuit.

Other officers, including Streit, assisted in the chase, which continued into the parking lot and Rotary Park playground at Springside Park, the report said.

Marauszwski then allegedly drove at Streit, who was out of his vehicle at that point, as he attempted to get back onto Springside Avenue.

Streit fired three rounds, two of which struck the vehicle. The third round hit Marauszwski, who then crashed into a cement post at the entrance of the playground.

He was arrested on charges of operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon and failure to stop for a police officer.

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It was unclear Wednesday evening when Marauszwski would be arraigned.

In that incident, Pittsfield Police Officer Christopher Colello shot a suspect who had fled into the woods after police responded to a call involving a man who had reportedly doused himself with gasoline and threatened to kill both himself and family members.

During the pursuit, the suspect reportedly made a furtive movement, causing officers to fear he was drawing a weapon.

The man was shot three times in the stomach but survived.

Wynn said an internal investigation into Wednesday's shooting will be opened immediately, in conjunction with a separate investigation requested from state police detectives assigned to the Berkshire District Attorney's Office.

Pittsfield Police cruisers are not equipped with dashboard cameras, Wynn noted.

The state police's Ballistics and Crime Scene Services Unit will assist in that investigation with cooperation and support from the Pittsfield Police Department, according to the report.

Police closed Springside Avenue at Glenwood Avenue and Brown Street in order to conduct their investigation. Crime scene tape was placed around both Rotary Park and an adjacent parking lot.

Reach staff writer Bob Dunn at 413-496-6249 or @BobDunn413 on Twitter.


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