Police Seek Fugitive in Connection With Cape Cod Police Shooting
Andre K. Sterling, 35, is wanted in connection with the shooting of a state trooper during a Cape Cod traffic stop, Massachusetts State Police announced on Monday.
Trooper John Lennon, 28, was shot and injured Friday at 11:30 p.m. after stopping a car on Camp Street in Barnstable. The suspect fled and the vehicle he was driving was found abandoned at a nearby condominium complex. The suspect, now identified as Sterling, was not found.
The bullet went through Lennon's right hand and struck his ballistic vest in the shoulder area, state police said. Lennon was released from Massachusetts General Hospital on Monday.
Sterling now faces charges out of Barnstable District Court for armed assault with intent to murder, possession of a firearm, assault and battery with a firearm, larceny of a motor vehicle, and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle with full extradition authorized. Sterling has two additional Massachusetts warrants for charges including identity fraud, assault and battery on a police officer, and failure to stop for police. He is further wanted out of the state of Wyoming on narcotics charges, state police said.
Sterling is a native of Jamaica and is reported to have a scar on his left hand.He is described as a black male, 5 feet 11 inches, weighing around 175 pounds. Police believe he may have left the state.
The weapon used in Friday's shooting has not been recovered. Sterling should be considered armed and dangerous, according to the Massachusetts State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section.
Anyone with information should call state police at 1-800-KAPTURE.