Authorities today described the brutal attack that killed a Brockton man inside an apartment, one of two unrelated slayings in the city this week Tuesday and Wednesday that led to a massive police response and the shooting of one murder suspect in Abington.
Plymouth District Attorney Timothy J. Cruz said in a statement that Jeffrey Cicerano, 44, was stabbed to death, allegedly by Alfred Giannini, inside a Bellevue Avenue apartment around 11 a.m. Wednesday, a killing that was and witnessed by a mutual acquaintance.
According to prosecutors, the unidentified witness told police he met the two men at the Bellevue Avenue residence Wednesday morning. Giannini, 37, was armed with a large knife and appeared to be panicked about some issue, prosecutors said.
Cicerano was sitting in a chair when Giannini approached from the victim’s left side and stabbed him in the chest, triggering a struggle between all three people in the room at the time, prosecutors said.
“The witness and victim then struggled with Giannini who repeatedly tried to get other knives within the apartment,’’ prosecutors said in a statement.
Giannini fled out a back door, but then circled to the front of the residence where he broke a window, and tried to arm himself with another knife while also trying to force his way inside, but was forced back by the witness, prosecutors said.
The witness stayed with Cicerano, who collapsed onto the floor and was rushed to a Brockton-area hospital, where he was pronounced dead around 12:45 p.m., prosecutors said.
Giannini, meanwhile, broke into a relative’s nearby residence, where he stole jewelry and a motor vehicle, which was later spotted in neighboring Abington. Police pursued Giannini, who crashed the vehicle on Jon Drive in Brockton before running into the woods.
He was shot by an Abington police officer “after a threatening confrontation with police,’’ prosecutors said.
An arraignment date has not been set; a motive for the attack was not disclosed.
Cicerano’s murder was one of two that rocked Brockton Wednesday.
Lee Harmon, 73, a Pentecostal minister, was attacked with a hammer and killed on Clinton Street around 8:45 p.m. Tuesday as he rode his bike to clean the apartment of his disabled daughter, according to officials and his family.
Harmon was the father of seven and grandfather of about 10, his family said.
With more than four months remaining in 2013, Brockton has had nine homicides, three more than in all of 2012.
No one has been arrested for Harmon’s killing, which remains under investigation by Cruz’s office along with Brockton police and State Police.John R. Ellement can be reached at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @JREbosglobe.