A statie shot and killed a man who was wielding a knife near Boston University on Friday afternoon, according to the Massachusetts State Police.
“He was brandishing a knife, threatening the officer with a knife,” said Col. Timothy Alben, superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police.
Alben said police had been pursuing the man, who they believed had an open arrest warrant for harassment, when a state police officer approached him, asked him to drop his weapon and then shot him when he refused.
His identity has not been released. Alben described him as a light-skinned male, “possibly Hispanic.”
The local district attorney's office said it had opened an investigation to “determine whether criminal charges are warranted in connection with the use of lethal force.”
The incident comes weeks after police shot dead another man brandishing a knife, Usaamah Abdullah Rahim, who they believed was plotting to behead Massachusetts police officers.
Troopers responding to reports of shots fired on the Silber Footbridge near Back Street and Storrow Drive #Boston. Updates to follow.— Mass State Police (@MassStatePolice) June 19, 2015
The Boston Globe reports:
“A pair of witnesses said they saw a shirtless man running along the Esplanade, looking like a jogger. Suddenly, a red van that was driving on the pedestrian path struck him. He fell to the ground but got up quickly and kept running, with several officers jumping out of the van in pursuit.”
“They yelled, ‘Get him down. Get him down.’ He then jumped a fence and ran onto Storrow Drive, jumping onto cars to escape. The witnesses did not see what happened next, but said they heard shots fired.”