A quick update: Shooting at Hancock St.
We know you don’t usually hear from us twice in one day — we decided that the shooting at Hancock St. today warranted a quick email summarizing what we know so far. We expect to report more on this in our regular newsletter next week, and you can reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-953-5260 if you were in the neighborhood when this happened today and want to share your experience.
Middlesex County’s District Attorney Marian Ryan delivered a press conference around 5:30 p.m. today. You can watch the five-minute conference and read our Twitter summary here — this is what she said about what happened:
- Shortly after 12:30 p.m., a jogger saw a man in the window of house at 98 Hancock St. “begging people to call the police, saying there was a man who was trying to kill him,” Ryan said. The jogger called 911; the Lexington police arrived; and a 35-year old man met them in the driveway, brandishing a knife.
- The Lexington police repeatedly asked the man to drop the knife, and tried to deescalate, Ryan said; he refused, and advanced out into the street toward them with the knife.
- Police then shot non-lethal bean bag-type rounds to knock man down; he was knocked down a few times, but repeatedly got back up, Ryan said.
- At one point when the man got up again, a Lexington police officer fell down; the man holding the knife advanced on that officer; and another officer then fired his service weapon at the man, who later died in the hospital from his injuries.
- The DA is calling on anyone who was in this area around 12:30 p.m. Saturday and saw anything to please come forward with information by contacting the Lexington Police Department — the investigation remains “active and ongoing, in its earliest stages,” Ryan said.
- The man killed who had wielded the knife was a resident of the Hancock St. house operated by Eliot Community Human Services, where three residents are visited periodically by nurses and other staff, the DA clarified responding to a question.
- Unclear whether there was a single shot or more fired — that’s still part of investigation. And at least some officers were transported to hospital.
Again, if you want to talk to LexObserver this week about what happened, you can email email@example.com or call 617-953-5260. Sorry to interrupt your Saturday evening, and hoping everyone stays safe.
The LexObserver Team