Suspect, Franklin officer injured: Early-morning chase leads to shots fired, crash with squad car

A Franklin police officer shot at a man who tried to elude police by driving into a police car and nearly hitting another officer early Thursday.

No one was shot or struck by the vehicle, but the Franklin suspect and one of the officers were treated for injuries they received during the pursuit.

Lawrence A. Mulry, 42, of 3079 Dowden Drive, was arrested on charges of attempted murder, reckless driving, operating while intoxicated, operating while intoxicated causing endangerment, resisting law enforcement, criminal mischief, battery, intimidation and driving with a suspended license, according to a Franklin Police Department news release.

The chase started after Franklin police got a call from Dowden Drive at 2:40 a.m. Thursday from Mulry’s brother, who told police Mulry had broken into his house, and the two had a fight. The brother told police Mulry then drove off, and he had a gun, the news release and Franklin Police Chief Tim O’Sullivan said.

Police tried to pull over Mulry, who was speeding after he left Dowden Drive. The speed limit in the area he was driving through is 50 mph, O’Sullivan said.

Mulry did not stop, and police began chasing him, O’Sullivan said.

Mulry eventually got onto Interstate 65 and then exited onto westbound Interstate 465, where he hit a guardrail, bounced to the opposite side of the road, hit another guardrail and came to a stop. Franklin officers Matthew Smiley and Brian Oliver boxed in Mulry’s vehicle with their patrol cars, got out of their cars and began walking toward him. That’s when Mulry sped toward Smiley and his car, striking the vehicle to push it away, according to O’Sullivan and the news release.

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