Police: Newton robbery suspect pointed gun at officers

Jason Crotty

A Newton robbery suspect, whose escape was stopped in Lexington on Monday, waved a handgun at an officer before being shot by police, Lexington’s police chief said.

Adam Hayes, 18, of 40 White Pine Road in Newton, was shot in the arm by police after leading them on a chase from Newton to Lexington Monday afternoon.

Lexington Police Chief Mark Corr said Monday evening that the state’s Bank Robbery Task Force attempted to speak to Hayes in Newton. When approached, Hayes allegedly fled in a Blue Mustang and state police units pursued him north on Route 128. He exited on to Bedford Street in Lexington and fled on foot once reaching Reed Street, according to police.

Corr said other Lexington officers and state police arrived on the scene and Hayes was commanded several times to drop a handgun. He allegedly continued to wave it at officers while walking backwards, and Corr said Hayes pointed his firearm at the officers. The Lexington officers then fired their weapons, striking Hayes twice.

Hayes was transported to Lahey Clinic and is being treated for what Lexington police said are “superficial gun shot wounds.” He was charged with operating a motor vehicle negligently to endanger, failure to stop for a police officer and four counts of assault with a dangerous weapon.