Salisbury Man Who Stabbed Wife And Was Shot by Police Identified

The scene in Salisbury after a deadly confrontation on May 15, 2014.
The scene in Salisbury after a deadly confrontation on May 15, 2014. –The Boston Globe

Officials today identified the Salisbury man who was shot and killed by police after he refused to drop a knife and machete, the Associated Press reports.

The Essex district attorney's office on Friday identified the man killed Thursday as 29-year-old Nicolas Foster.

Authorities say Foster was shot by officers after stabbing his wife and another man. The victims survived and are recovering from "severe stab wounds" in the hospital. Their names were not released.

Police have not revealed a possible motive for the crime, WCVB reports.

Many neighbors in the area said they didn't know the family who lived in the home, but on Wednesday, one neighbor said a man who was out on the front steps for about a half hour caught her attention.

"He was just standing there," the neighbor said. "Just standing. It was very weird."

After the stabbings, Foster drove his vehicle into a police cruiser that was responding to reports of a domestic disturbance, Essex County District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett said Thursday. According to Blodgett, Foster got out and charged at the officers while armed with the knife and machete.

Cellphone footage obtained by Fox25 Boston captured the encounter between Foster and police. According to WHDH, officials are reviewing the video footage.

"From what I understand they did everything possible to diffuse the situation and he just wouldn't stop," said one neighbor.

Authorities are continuing to investigate the incident.


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