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Commissioner: Boston Police Fire Shot at Audi That Hit Officer in JP

Police fired a shot at a vehicle that hit an officer in Boston's Jamaica Plain neighborhood, but the driver remains on the run, according to the city's top cop.

Boston Police Commissioner William Evans said Friday evening that a white Audi had hit an officer responding to a report of shots fired around 3 p.m.

Police had encountered a crash scene on School Street, and the driver of a minivan involved told police the driver of a white Audi had fired shots and fled.

"The police were everywhere," said Jamie Kitchens. "There were shell casings on the ground, the cars were crashed. They were trying to keep us as far back as they could, but it took them a while to get the perimiter closed off."

Officers caught up with the Audi a couple blocks away near Washington Street. It started to take off, according to Evans. Police drew their weapons, and the Audi allegedly backed up and hit one of the officers.

Evans said one round was fired at the Audi, which was recovered near the intersection of Miles Street and Bragdon Street in nearby Roxbury. But the suspect was nowhere to be found.

"They were looking for the driver, and they were interviewing everybody," said Elianny Rodriguez, who lives in the area. "They were knocking on doors, asking for the person."

Initially police said the incident happened on Centre Street; however, they revised that information shortly after to shots fired from a vehicle on School Street.

Washington Street from School Street to Columbus Avenue was closed due to the ongoing investigation. Motorists were being encouraged to seek alternate routes.

Boston Public Schools said the nearby Hernandez School for students from kindergarten through grade eight was placed in safe mode as a result of the investigation.

"It's pretty nerve-wracking," said parent Leigh Belanger. "But at the same time, you sort of have to trust the school has it in hand, and they did."

No one was injured in either shooting, but the officer who was hit by the Audi sustained minor injuries.

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