A prosecutor says a Hingham police officer shot a man who pointed what looked like a real handgun at him, but the weapon turned out to be a pellet gun.
Plymouth County D. A. Tim Cruz said state police are investigating the shooting that occurred shortly after 1:30 a.m. on Sunday.
The victim, 33-year-old Brian Middendorf of Hingham, is hospitalized in critical condition with leg and arm wounds, but is expected to survive.
The identity of the police officer who shot Middendorf has not been released.
Cruz said Middendorf called police, then led officers on car chase that ended when he got out of his vehicle and pointed the gun at the officers.
One officer shot Middendorf.
He’s charged with assault with a dangerous weapon and other crimes.