The man shot and wounded by police during a confrontation in South Boston with Boston and State Police Wednesday night was armed with a pellet gun and was shot after he appeared to fire on police, authorities said today.
The man was identified as Kenneth Connelly, 53, of South Boston. He is currently in critical condition at Boston Medical Center, State Police spokesman David Procopio said in a statement.
Authorities said the use of deadly force against Connelly remains under investigation by Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley.
Authorities would not say how many shots were fired and who among the responding police and troopers fired their weapons. Boston police said in a statement that both Boston police and State Police opened fire on Connelly during the confrontation near the intersection of East Eighth and Old Harbor streets.
In the statement, Procopio said troopers and police responded to Gates Street around 9 p.m. to investigate reports of a man with a gun. Police arriving ordered Connelly to show his hands because it was clear that Connelly was holding an object in one of them, Procopio said.
But Connelly refused, Procopio said.
“Connelly did not comply with police commands, and instead raised the weapon and fired a projectile toward the police officers,’’ Procopio said in the statement. “At least one of the police personnel then discharged his department firearm. Connelly was struck. Police then called for EMS and rendered medical aid until an ambulance arrived.’’
Procopio said police later determined Connelly was wielding a “pellet gun.’’
A Boston police officer was struck by at least one pellet, according to State Police.
Boston police said two weapons were recovered.
State Police are not releasing the names of the troopers and officers involved.