1 killed by police in Dorchester; 2 others injured in related shooting

Police tape blocked off the scene in Dorchester. Allison Manning / Boston.com

Police said one person was shot and killed by a Boston Police officer and two others were injured in a related shooting in Dorchester on Friday morning.

No officers were injured in the shootings.

Commissioner William Evans said police responded to a report of an individual shot at 107 Devon Street at about 10:25 a.m. Upon arrival, officers saw one man dragging an injured man toward a waiting vehicle on Laredo Street, Evans said. One of those men had a firearm, according to Evans.

Officers told the man with the weapon, “drop your gun,’’ three times, Evans said. The officer then shot and killed the suspect at the intersection of Laredo and Stanwood streets, he said.

“We all held our breath, as we always do, when you hear on the radio an officer order, ‘Drop the gun, drop the gun, drop the gun,’’’ Evans said.

Police said a revolver was recovered close by. Evans declined to identify any of the suspects or victims, but did say the man shot and killed was “well known’’ to police.

“Nobody likes to take a life, but if you’re going to point a gun at one of our officers as he did, we’re going to protect ourselves and neutralize the threat,’’ Evans said.

As of 12:15 p.m., the body was still at the scene covered by a tarp as police continued to investigate.

Police said the incident began at 107 Devon St., where one individual was found shot. Police said they believe the two suspects were possibly fleeing that house.


Rev. Eugene Rivers spoke with reporters at the scene, saying the death was a “tragedy.’’ He commended the police for their “professionalism and restraint.’’

A person who lives on Stanwood Street said there were several police cars on scene, and a black car was parked in the middle of the road with its rear passenger door open.

“I knew it had to be really bad,’’ said the neighbor, who declined to give their full name.

A spokesman for the Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley said prosecutors were at the scene and will conduct a full investigation of the shooting.

“Our priority is to conduct a full, fair, thorough investigation,’’ Conley said. “When it’s complete, we will release all our findings and the complete investigative file in the interests of total transparency. For now, we’re giving the investigators the time and the tools they need to do the job right.’’

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