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LEICESTER, Mass. (AP) — Authorities in Massachusetts on Monday released the name of the man fatally shot by police after ramming an SUV into a town police station and pointing a rifle at officers.

Zachary Richardson, 24, was shot and killed Sunday morning after crashing through the front doors of the Leicester police station, according to the office of Worcester District Attorney Joseph Early Jr.

Richardson lived in town.

No additional information about the investigation, including Richardson’s motivation, was released.

According to Early, Richardson crashed into the station’s front doors at about 6:15 a.m. and repeatedly rammed the entryway until the vehicle was almost entirely in the station lobby.

He got out of the vehicle and aimed what appeared to be a rifle at responding officers, who opened fire, Early said.

Richardson was taken to a hospital in Worcester, where he was pronounced dead. He was known by local police and had a pending court date for a traffic violation, the district attorney said.

No other injuries were reported.

Two officers have been placed on leave while the case is being investigated, Leicester Police Chief Ken Antanavica said.

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