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Prosecutor’s probe clears officer involved in fatal shooting – Boston, Massachusetts

Boston, Massachusetts 2022-08-05 19:45:00 –


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Berkshire District Attorney Andrea Harrington said her office concluded that officers tried to exacerbate the situation before using deadly force to defend themselves.

Pittsfield, Massachusetts (AP) — The Massachusetts police officer who shot and killed a man armed with a knife in March acted in self-defense and will not face criminal charges, Berkshire District Attorney Andrea Harrington said Friday. Announced.

After presenting the evidence investigators had gathered, Harrington said her office concluded that the officers tried to exacerbate the situation before using lethal force to defend themselves.

Officers tried unsuccessfully to resolve the situation by urging the man to drop his weapon, employing de-escalation techniques, and using the stun weapon twice, Harrington said. Officers fired twice as the man rushed toward him from just a few feet away, she said.

According to an internal police report released in April, the officer was a nine-year veteran who followed the department’s training and rules and was trying to protect himself, another officer, and the victim’s female companion. .

Officers were responding to reports that the man was causing a ruckus and had attempted to hurt himself.

Before announcing her decision, Harrington spent more than an hour on Friday reviewing eyewitness testimony, video footage and forensic evidence collected at the scene.

Harrington called the man’s death “sad and tragic” and said it showed the need to improve community services for mental health.



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