Officer-involved shooting under investigation in Pittsfield

Pittsfield Incident

PITTSFIELD, Mass. (NEWS10) — Pittsfield police are investigating an officer-involved shooting at a neighborhood park.

Just after 9 a.m. Wednesday, Officer David Hallas conducted a motor vehicle stop of Mark Marauszwski. Police said the 55-year-old was known to have a traffic violation.

According to police, Marauszwski struck Hallas with the vehicle door as the officer approached and then sped away. Hallas was joined in pursuit by Officer Martin Streit.

The pursuit continued into the parking lot and playground at Springside Park. As he attempted to drive out of the playground onto Springside Avenue, Marauszwski drove at Streit who was out of his patrol car.

Police said Streit fired three shots. Neighbors said they heard the gunfire.

“I just heard the shots,” a neighbor said. “I was walking down the street. I heard pop, pop, pop.”

Two shots hit the vehicle, and the third hit Marauszwski.

“A Pittsfield police officer discharged his firearm striking the vehicle and the operator,” Pittsfield Police Chief Michael Wynn said. “Our officer is okay. He was transported under our protocol and policies just for routine evaluation.”

Marauszwski was taken to Berkshire Medical Center where he remains under arrest.

He’s charged with Operating after Suspension, Assault and Battery by Means of a Dangerous Weapon, two counts of Assault by Means of a Dangerous Weapon, and Failure to Stop for a Police Officer.

Chief Wynn says people living nearby have nothing to worry about.

“We’re confident this scene is contained, and we’ve got everybody who was involved in this,” he said.

Neighbors said they’re just glad the chase and the shooting didn’t happen during warmer weather when the park and playground would be filled with children.

“He would have run down kids, and he obviously didn’t care where he was going or what time of day it was,” a neighbor said.

The incident remains under investigation. Any further details will come from the Berkshire County District Attorney’s office.

 

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