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2 Lynn Officers Injured After Being Hit By Vehicle During Police Chase

One officer was hit by the suspect's vehicle in Lynn, Massachusetts, and a second officer was hit in Swampscott; both of their injuries are considered minor

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Two police officers suffered minor injuries after being hit by a suspect's vehicle during a police chase Friday afternoon in the Massachusetts communities of Lynn and Swampscott.

The Lynn Police Department initially said one officer had been struck in that city. That incident happened in the area of Pinkham Street and Violet Street, police said.

Later Friday, police said that a second Lynn officer had been hit in Swampscott while assisting in the suspect's arrest.

Both of the officers' injuries appear to be minor. Lynn police said Saturday both officers are doing well.

Lynn police identified the suspect on Saturday as Angel Diaz, 19, of Salem. Diaz is facing multiple charges including carrying a firearm without a license, firearm with defaced serial number, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, fail to stop for police, and numerous motor vehicle charges.

According to authorities, police were chasing the suspect who had a firearm on Friday. A gun was recovered while Diaz was being arrested in Swampscott, police said.

Witness video shows the man who police pursued from Lynn to Swampscott in custody, with a blue car pinned between a patrol car and what appeared to be an unmarked police car.

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Neighbors say they were stunned to see this happen right outside of their doors.

"It’s a pretty quiet neighborhood. I think it’s crazy that a police chase ended out here," said Jesse McCall. "Two towns and the state police involved and everything. I’m just glad the officer didn’t get badly hurt, sounds like he’s gonna be alright."

"It’s upsetting," said George Phillips. "You got some crazy person who is going to hurt somebody and kill somebody."

Diaz is expected to be arraigned Monday at Lynn District Court. Attorney information was not immediately available.

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