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Man With Knife Fatally Shot By Newton Police, DA Says

Indulge! in Newton Highlands (Screenshot via Google Maps)
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Newton police fatally shot a 28-year-old man Tuesday who officers said was holding a knife, according to the Middlesex district attorney's office.

At a press conference late Tuesday, the DA's office said it was investigating the shooting, and that the man shot by police was attempting to rob a candy store on Lincoln Street Tuesday afternoon. The man, whose identity has not been released, lived in the apartments above the store, according to DA Marian Ryan.

State police Col. Christopher Mason said Newton officers called to the scene shot the man after they tried to subdue him with a beanbag shotgun and a taser. State police officers also responded to the robbery call.

"There was an attempt to slow down the pace of the incident," Mason said. "There was also an attempt to utilize less lethal force tactics. Unfortunately, none of those were successful, and the officers were forced to do what they ended up doing."

The man was taken to the Newton-Wellesley Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

No officers were injured in the incident.

The mayor of Newton said the city's police department "will cooperate fully" as the Middlesex district attorney's office investigates.

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