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Salem, Mass. Police Officer Struck and Seriously Injured by INS-Released Illegal Immigrant
New England News

Posted on 04/15/2005 10:17:32 AM PDT by mvpel

Video Report

Salem, Massachusetts police officer Mike Shea was struck and seriously injured by 17-year-old Layla Lopes on Wednesday, April 13.

Lopes is a Brazilian illegal immigrant who was apprehended by the Border Patrol 10 days prior in Texas after attempting to sneak across the border with her father. She was released on personal-recognizance pending her deportation hearing, and made her way to Massachusetts. She does not have a drivers' license.

Officer Shea was conducting a nighttime traffic detail in Peabody, and was signaling Lopes' Honda to stop with his flashlight when he was struck.

He was knocked unconcsious, and his head and body shattered Lopes' windshield. She only stopped down the block away after being yelled at by bystanders. He was flown to the hospital, and was upgraded to serious condition on Thursday.

Lopes is being held without bail, facing criminal charges.

I haven't been able to find any non-video articles on this incident - if you've seen them, please post them to this thread.

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