July 14, 2006 11:10 pm US/Eastern
Shrewsbury Officer Shot By Homeowner After Alarm
SHREWSBURY (CBS4) ― A Shrewsbury Police officer is recovering from surgery after he was shot in the stomach by a homeowner who mistook him for an intruder early Friday morning.
Officers, Steven Rice, 25, and Ryan Chartrand, responded to 17 A Farmington Ave. around 2:30 a.m. for reports of a burglar alarm being set off.
A neighbor told the officers that the home owner, 39-year-old Mark Ragsdale, was on vacation and the house was empty. But Ragsdale had returned home and he was the one that set the alarm off.
He provided the proper password to the alarm company, but police said the company failed to notify officers that it was a false alarm.
The neighbor had a key to Ragsdale's home and let the officers in and they began to search the area. Police say Rice went to check the upstairs when he was shot in the stomach by Ragsdale.
Rice was taken to UMass Medical Center, where he was treated for a gunshot wound to the stomach. He's listed in stable condition and is expected to recover.
We're told the bullet entered Rice's abdomen just under his protective vest.
Ragsdale, who is licensed to carry a firearm, has not yet been charged.
Chief Wayne Sampson said both officers "were in full uniform, in a marked cruiser."
"We're definitely going to review the protocol that we use," he said.
The story wit associated video report can be found at; http://wbztv.com/local/Shrewsbury.Of....2.580104.html