Suspect injured in officer-involved shooting in Methuen held without bail

METHUEN, MASS. (WHDH) - A robbery suspect who was injured in an officer-involved shooting in Methuen Thursday night was ordered held without bail following his arraignment at Beth Israel Hospital.

James Dobbins, 36, of Methuen was charged with four counts of assault with a dangerous weapon and one count of armed robbery while masked.

Dobbins was ordered held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing scheduled for May 27.

The shooting happened at the Summit Place Apartments Thursday evening. Police said officers were at the apartments to talk Dobbins, who was connected to a convenience store robbery that happened earlier in the day. Police said he asked them to come to his apartment so he could turn himself in.

Police said they now believe that request was part of a ploy to draw them to his home so he could ambush them.

According to police, there was a “violent confrontation” between an officer and the suspect. Police said the suspect brandished a gun and pointed it at the officer. The officer then shot the suspect.

Dobbins was taken to Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The four detectives are on administrative leave as the DA’s office investigates.

None of the responding officers were injured.

According to police, the gun used was a pellet gun.


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