Driver for Cape Cod Paper in Middle of Wild Inmate Escape/Shooting

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A suspect being led into court was shot and wounded Tuesday after he attempted to escape, stealing a car and crashing into other cars in his effort to get away, authorities said.

The man was taken by helicopter to a Boston hospital after he was shot in the chest outside Barnstable District Court at about 8:30 a.m., Fire Chief Robert Crosby said.

His attorney identified the man as Anthony Roberts, 22, of Cambridge, Mass.

The attorney, J. Drew Segadelli, said Roberts ran away from officers who were leading him into court for arraignment, bolted across the street and stole a car from a store’s parking lot.

Roberts was shot after he hit several parked cars and tried to get away from police who had surrounded the car, Segadelli said.

“Law enforcement was trying to apprehend him, at which time a Barnstable officer shot him,” Segadelli said.

Richard Ruggiero, a driver for the Cape Cod Times newspaper, said police yelled to him, asking him to block the exit with his van. Ruggiero said Roberts backed up, hit his van, then sped across Route 6A and struck a stone wall in front of the courthouse complex.

“One shot was fired by one of the officers because he was trying to get away,” Ruggiero said.

Roberts had been arrested Friday after he left the scene of an accident in which he allegedly struck a tree, Segadelli said. He said police also charged him with receiving stolen property ? a plasma television ? and suspected him in a series of recent break-ins of cars and homes on Cape Cod.

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