Law enforcement officials are investigating the shooting of a 48-year-old man by a police officer in the city early Monday morning, according to the office of Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan.
The non-fatal shooting took place at around midnight near Broadway and Second Street, the office said in a statement detailing the investigation's early findings. No charges have been filed in the case.
The male officer, who was not named in the statement, was reportedly inside his police cruiser when passersby told him a man walking up the street "stated that he wanted to kill a police officer."
Then, the statement says, the officer got out of his cruiser and was approached by the man, resulting in "an encounter" between the pair that led to the officer shooting the man. Two knives were found at the scene of the altercation, the statement said.
The wounded man was taken to a Boston-area hospital and is expected to survive. As a precaution, the statement said, the officer was also transported to a local hospital. He was not injured.
The city's mayor, Carlo DeMaria, Jr., praised the police officer in a statement Monday. He also thanked the people "who reported the suspicious behavior of this individual to the officer nearby."
"And I want to thank the officer for his bravery and actions to subdue this individual with no loss of life," DeMaria said.
The district attorney's office said in its release that "this is an open and ongoing investigation."