Detective says he feared being run down; lawyer says defendant panicked, didn't know man with gun was a police officer

Baron Coates is charged with four counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and other crimes in connection with an August 2017 police pursuit in Springfield.

SPRINGFIELD -- A city police officer told jurors Tuesday that he was afraid he'd be run over as a suspect struck him twice with a car on Aug. 10, 2017. 

But in opening statements, a defense attorney painted a starkly different portrait of the encounter, describing defendant Baron...

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