Officials: Suspect, police exchange gunfire in South End shootout

BOSTON (WHDH) - Police are investigating a shooting where officers exchanged fire with a gun-toting man on Massachusetts Avenue in Boston on Saturday, officials said.

Officers responding to reports of a man with a gun threatening people on Northampton Street at 2:15 p.m. found a man who refused to speak with police and fled toward Mass Ave., Police Commissioner William G. Gross said.

The suspect fired his gun at the officers, who then fired back, according to Gross.

“Being in fear they returned fire, they discharged their weapon at the suspect to stop the threat,” Gross said.

The suspect then continued to fire until he was out of ammunition, Gross said, and fought with officers until he was arrested. Four officers were taken to the hospital for evaluation but were OK.

“We’re happy no one here was hit by gunfire because several rounds were fired,” Gross said. “A main thoroughfare, great people in this neighborhood, businesses, a park, people around, and this guy turns and fires in broad daylight.”

Tyler Brown, 40, was charged with assault with intent to murder, discharging a gun within 500 feet of a residence, unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, and unlawful possession of a large-capacity firearm.

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