Man fatally shot by police in Massachusetts after driving car into police station

Man fatally shot by police in Massachusetts after driving car into police station


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Police in Massachusetts fatally shot a man on Sunday after he rammed his car into the front of a police station, officials said.

The incident occurred just after 6 a.m. when the man plowed his SUV into the lobby of the Leicester Police Station.

“He repeatedly rammed those doors until he gained entry with this vehicle into the building,” Worcester District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr. told reporters on Sunday.

The man got out and brandished what appeared to be a rifle at responding officers before he was fatally shot by police, the prosecutor said.

Police rendered medical aid to the man before he was taken to Saint Vincent Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, according to Early.

A photo tweeted by a reporter for the Worcester Telegram & Gazette showed the station with its front doors blown out and a silver Toyota FJ Cruiser parked in front with damage to its front end.

No motive has been released for the incident.

Early said that he believed the man had a pending court case for a traffic violation.

“He was known to [police] a little bit,” Early told reporters. 

Police didn’t say how many officers fired shots, but two have been placed on administrative leave per department policy.

“An officer involved in a situation of this magnitude will be automatically put on administrative leave while a thorough investigation is being conducted,” Police Chief Kenneth Antanavica told reporters.

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