Essex DA finds police shooting in Danvers in August was justified

An investigation has determined that a fatal shooting in August by police in Danvers was a justified use of force, the Essex district attorney’s office said Friday.

The prosecutors said Scott Kehoe’s actions while wielding a knife put State and Danvers police officers in “imminent danger.”

“There is no question that Mr. Kehoe posed an imminent threat of killing or seriously injuring the officers, thus justifying their use of lethal force,” District Attorney Jonathan W. Blodgett said in a statement.

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Prosecutors said police responded to Kirkbride Drive on Aug. 22 to a report of an assault, allegedly by Kehoe. Officers learned that Kehoe had told a friend he intended to commit “suicide by cop,” prosecutors said.

Early on Aug. 23, Kehoe allegedly threatened officers and “continued to move toward a Danvers officer as that officer fired his weapon at the ground,” prosecutors said.

“These officers had to make split-second decisions in a rapidly changing situation in which a man, known to be dangerous and who had expressed his desire to commit suicide by police officer, was aggressively brandishing a knife and attempting to stab them,” Blodgett said in the statement.

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