Massachusetts cab driver shoots, kills passenger during robbery, officials say

The passengers, two men, allegedly put the driver in a choke hold and used a knife to try to rob him.

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — Authorities say a Massachusetts cab driver fatally shot a passenger who tried to rob him.

The Bristol County District Attorney’s Office says after the cab driver picked up two men in New Bedford early Friday, the men put the driver in a choke hold and used a knife to try to rob him.

Prosecutors say the driver managed to escape the cab and fired several shots, hitting 24-year-old Christopher Dunton. Dunton was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Prosecutors say the other man fled the scene.

The district attorney’s office says the driver had a valid license to carry. He has not been identified. Prosecutors say the shooting remains under investigation.

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