Police shoot knife-wielding man to death in Boston

Reuters News
Posted: Jun 19, 2015 4:58 PM

BOSTON (Reuters) - Police 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 Colonel 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." 

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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.

(Reporting by Richard Valdmanis; Editing by Eric Beech)