A state trooper is recovering, and a suspect is dead, after a robbery in Old Saybrook, led to a chase, crash, and shootout in Westbrook.
A state trooper from Troop F was shot on Monday afternoon in Westbrook while trying to apprehend two suspects in a robbery and one of those suspects is dead, according to state police.
Old Saybrook police were pursuing suspects in an armed robbery on Monday afternoon and asked Troop F for help, police said.
During the pursuit, a state trooper's cruiser and the vehicle the suspected robbers were in collided on Route 153 in the area of Docs Hill on the Essex, Westbrook line, police said.
The trooper exchanged gunfire with the suspects and was shot while trying to take the two men into custody.
The trooper suffered severe injuries, which were described as non-life threatening, according to state police.
Officials said he was alert and conscious and taken to the Shoreline Medical Center in Essex by another state trooper, officials said.
The chase began near a Days Inn at 1430 Boston Post Road in Old Saybrook just before 3 p.m., according to a witness, and the suspects checked into a room there.
There was also another crime scene at the Heritage Motor Inn, 1500 Boston Post Road. The owner of the inn said the victims of the armed robbery live at the hotel. Police would not confirm this information.
Route 153 was closed in the area for hours.
Two ambulances also arrived at the medical center and Lifestar sent one aircraft to the medical center and transported one of the injured suspects to Hartford Hospital, police said.
Whether the deceased suspect died of a gunshot wound or the impact of the crash is not known.