SALISBURY, Mass. (MyFoxBoston.com/AP) - Police in Salisbury say officers have fatally shot a stabbing suspect who allegedly threatened them with a machete Thursday.
Just before 1 p.m., police responded to Cable Avenue for the report of a domestic incident in which a man reportedly attacked two people, a man and a woman, with a machete. The man deliberately crashed his car into a police SUV and proceeded to get out of the car and threatened the officers with a knife and machete. Police ordered him to drop the weapons and a taser was used at some point to subdue the suspect. It's unclear if that taser fire was successful or not. The suspect charged at the officers, and they shot and killed him.
"Twenty-nine-year-old male exited the vehicle armed with a knife and with a machete. Multiple attempts were made by the police on the scene to disarm the male, including the use of a taser," District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett said.
Witnesses say they heard several gun shots in the area and are shocked that this happened.
"Oh it's disgusting, what is wrong with people, really? We just hope it's nobody we know actually 'cause we know a lot of people down here and I guess there was other people stabbed," one witness said.
"Shocking, really shocking. It was a sad situation, it didn't have to happen," another witness, who recorded the incident on his cell phone, said. "The police did everything they could to try to diffuse the situation and this person was just out for, I think, he wanted the police to shoot him. That was my impression."
Both victims were taken to the hospital.
The Essex District Attorney's Office and state police are investigating, as is standard procedure.