LYNN, Mass. (MyFoxBoston.com) – A 30-year-old veteran from Lynn was fatally shot after police say he grabbed an officer's gun inside his apartment Thursday afternoon.
Lynn Police Chief Kevin Coppinger tells FOX 25 officers responded to reports of a disturbance on O'Callahan Way. They allege the suspect, Denis Reynoso, got into an argument with a person in a gray vehicle before going back into his apartment on Newcastle Street.
Investigators claim three officers entered the apartment and Reynoso grabbed one of their guns.
"A physical struggle ensued during that struggle it appears that individual was able to take one of the firearms from one of the police officers and shots were fired in the apartment," said Coppinger.
Reynoso was taken to a local hospital where he died from his injuries.
Family members say the Iraq War veteran was watching one of his two children at the time of the shooting. They claim he would never try to take a gun from an officer.
"You took him from two beautiful children and a wife, and a sister, and a mother, and everybody," said Reynoso's wife, Jessica Spinney.
Spinney says police have not reached out to her, but she does not agree with their account of what took place.
"Do you think a disabled veteran from Iraq would reach for another officer's pistol? Never in a million years," Spinney told FOX 25.
The Essex County District Attorney's office is conducting an investigation into the fatal use of force.