Chicopee officer shoots, injures man wielding knife

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Published: 5/22/2019 9:16:29 AM

CHICOPEE — A Massachusetts police officer has shot and injured a possibly suicidal man who refused to drop a knife he was holding.

A spokesman for the Hampden district attorney says Chicopee police responded to an apartment at about 1 a.m. Wednesday for a well-being check after a caller said he was receiving disturbing messages from a co-worker he believed to be suicidal.

Officers found the 55-year-old man holding a large kitchen knife in a threatening manner.

Authorities say he refused to drop it, so police used a stun gun, which failed to subdue him. The second officer fired twice, striking the man in the abdomen and arm. He was taken to the hospital and is expected to recover.

He faces assault and battery charges. The officer has been placed on leave pending an investigation.

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