At 4:35 PM yesterday (Thursday, Jan. 11, 2024) Massachusetts State Police Troop H patrols and the MSP Air Wing responded to assist Quincy Police in searching for two narcotics suspect who fled from a motor vehicle crash at the Route 3/Route 93 split in Braintree. The suspects had failed to stop for Quincy officers, and after crashing, they fled into the adjacent woods. Massachusetts State Police Air 3, one of the MSP Air Wing’s helicopters, crewed by Trooper Timothy Hunt, pilot, and Trooper Mason Oliveira, tactical flight officer, responded. Around 5:55 PM, Air 3’s crew located the two suspects attempting to hide, lying prone on a granite outcrop. Trooper Oliveira directed ground units to the suspect’s location, and both men were taken into custody by Quincy Police.
The MSP Air Wing operates several helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft out of air bases in Plymouth, Lawrence, and Chicopee. The unit is an invaluable resource to State Police and local police search, apprehension, and patrol operations. The Air Wing also assists other state and local agencies as needed, including fire departments battling wildfires and other New England state police departments.