Man claiming to have bomb, rifle fatally shot by police in Worcester

WORCESTER, MASS (WCVB) – A man claiming to have a rifle and bomb died late Tuesday was shot and killed by police in Worcester, officials said.

Worcester County District Attorney Joseph Early said police received a 911 call at 10:30 p.m. from the man, who was claiming to have an explosive device and a rifle. Officials said the man was threatening to detonate the device.

Worcester police, a SWAT team and police negotiators responded to Grafton Street, near the Cumberland Farms and Dunkin’, where they encountered the man, who appeared to have a rifle, Early said.

The man was wearing body armor and carrying a backpack, officials said.

“Negotiations continued both over the phone with the emergency department and with four negotiators at the scene, who were in very close proximity to the man. There was a lengthy attempt to deescalate the situation. At which point, the man advanced toward the police officers. There was a shooting, and the man was pronounced dead,” Early said.

The incident remains under investigation, and officials urged anyone who witnessed the incident to call police.

“We ask for anyone who was present at the scene, who has video to come forward,” Worcester Police Department Lt. Sean Murtha said.

The man has not been identified.

A news conference is planned for 11 a.m.

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