Police shoot man in South Boston after gun confrontation; one officer is hurt
A man in his 50s was shot by police and an officer was hurt during a confrontation in South Boston on Wednesday night, authorities said.
Police shot the man after he allegedly pointed a gun at Boston officers and state troopers in the area of East 8th Street, according to authorities.
David Procopio, a spokesman for the State Police, said in a statement that troopers and Boston police went to Gates Street after a call about a man walking with a gun shortly after 9 p.m. In the confrontation, Procopio said “at least one of the police personnel, and possibly more, discharged their weapons in the ensuing exchange of fire.”
Officer Katherine Shea, a Boston Police Department spokeswoman, said the suspect was a man in his 50s and that he was taken to Boston Medical Center with injuries that were not life-threatening.
Boston police said in a statement that the suspect pointed a weapon at officers and refused their commands to put it down.
Procopio said a Boston officer was injured in the confrontation and taken to a city hospital.
He was not able to give any other details on the officer’s condition, and it was not immediately clear if the officer was shot, or by whom.
Boston police, however, said earlier in the evening that no officers were believed to have been shot.
Police said the incident took place at East 8th and Old Harbor streets.
About two-dozen onlookers were gathered near the police tape on East 8th, including Albert and Robin Suarez, who were visiting their son when the shooting occurred.
Albert Suarez, 47, said he did not hear any gunshots but saw police flood the area. He said he was standing outside when “next thing you know, all the lights” from the police vehicles were flashing.
Robin Suarez added, “I know one thing, this is crazy. They need to stop all this violence.”
Procopio said the use of force by police was under investigation.
“As it does in all serious use-of-force cases in Suffolk County, the DA’s office will ultimately rule on the propriety of the level of force used by officers,” he said.Globe Correspondent Derek J. Anderson contributed to this report. Travis Andersen can be reached at tandersen@ globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @TAGlobe. Haven Orecchio-Egresitz can be reached at haven.egresitz @globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @HavenTaylor.