Police in Danvers, Mass, shot and killed a suspect being investigated for an assault when the knife-wielding man rushed at police at a Danvers apartment complex, reports Boston.com on Aug. 23.
Danvers District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett said 37-year-old Scott Kehoe refused to drop his knife as officers approached him, and lunged at one of the officers. Kehoe was shot and later died at the hospital.
Police had gone to Kehoe’s apartment to investigate an earlier robbery and assault charge, and had served Kehoe with warrants. As he was being taken into custody, he broke free, grabbed a knife, and confronted the officers.
“The ensuing investigation indicated that a robbery had occurred and as officers were attempting to place the suspect into custody for that, as well as existing trial court warrants, an officer-involved shooting occurred and the suspect was shot,” Danvers Police Chief Neil Oulette said.
Five Danvers policemen and a state trooper were involved in the incident. Prosecutors say the police urged Kehoe to drop his knife numerous times, but the suspect continued to make repeated attempts to stab them.
“The community can count on a thorough investigation by our office,” Blodgett said. “In all cases of use of fatal force, transparency is critical. As we have in prior investigations of police-involved shootings, community stakeholders and members of the media will have the opportunity to review our written findings when the probe is complete.”