Official: Lynn police shot and killed a man during a carjacking

A Lynn police officer walks by placards where bullets lay on the street.
A Lynn police officer walks by placards where bullets lay on the street. –Mark Lorenz / The Boston Globe

Police officers in Lynn shot and killed a man after he pointed a gun at them and tried to carjack a woman, according to Essex Count District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett.

The Friday morning mayhem started when four officers tried to serve five outstanding arrest warrants to a man police say had violated multiple restraining orders. The man, Randolph McClain, 33, of Lynn, was the subject of an investigation by the department’s Domestic Violence Unit. Police believe he had threatened his ex-girlfriend and her family repeatedly with a gun in recent weeks, according to Blodgett.

As officers tried to execute the warrant, McClain jumped from a second-story window and pointed a gun at the officers, according to Blodgett.


The officers chased McClain through backyards before he ran to a car and forced a woman out of the driver’s seat. McClain again pointed his gun at officers as they closed in on him, Blodgett said.

Three of the four officers fired at him, then “rendered aid immediately,’’ according to Blodgett.

McClain was transported to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Blodgett said there were no other injuries during the incident.

“The officers are certainly shaken up but they’re OK,’’ he said.

The names of the officers will be released after they are interviewed by state police, Blodgett said.

It’s unclear how many shots were fired, and “at this point’’ it is not believed that McClain fired his weapon, Blodgett said.

A witness told The Daily Item, “I heard about 10 shots.’’

Officials said the officers were placed on administrative leave for the next three days.

Massachusetts State Police detectives assigned to the Essex District Attorney’s office are investigating the shooting.

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