Police shoot and kill man with knife in Lexington

Authorities in Massachusetts say a police officer fatally shot a man after he advanced on other officers with a knife.

Police responding to a 911 call said they found the man standing outside a group home with a raised knife Saturday afternoon, according to information from the Lexington police chief and the Middlesex County district attorney's office.

The 35-year-old man refused to drop the weapon and continued to advance toward officers even after they shot him with non-lethal rounds, Middlesex County DA Marian Ryan told reporters. An officer then shot the man as he advanced on an officer who had fallen, Ryan said.

The man was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. His identity has not been released, and authorities say the shooting remains under investigation.

Prosecutors say the man had lived in the home, which is a residential facility, The Boston Globe reported.

Services had just ended at a nearby synagogue when the confrontation occurred Rabbi Yisroel New, associate director of the Beth Chaim Meir Chabad Center, told the Globe he was walking outside with some congregants when they heard shouting.

“There was a man standing with kind of a bloodied shirt and brandishing a knife,” New said, adding that officers pleaded with the man to drop the knife. “They said … ‘We want to help you, we want to call an ambulance, we want to get you to your family,’ ” New said.


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