Police investigating officer-involved shooting outside Massachusetts mall


KINGSTON, Mass. (WLNE) – Police shot and wounded a suspect early Tuesday morning near a Kingston mall, officials say.

Police Chief Maurice Splaine says around 2:45 a.m., Kingston Police received a call from a security guard at the Kingston Collection Mall, stating that a man in his 20s was allegedly brandishing a large knife, and told the guard to get out of his vehicle.

Kingston officers quickly arrived on scene and located the suspect, who had the large knife in a sheath on his hip.  According to police, the man ignored several verbal commands by the officers.

Police say that during the incident, in response to the suspect’s aggressive and threatening actions, officers attempted to deescalate the situation, using non-lethal tactics to get him to comply.

The man continued his threatening behavior, causing officers to draw their firearms, fearing the safety of themselves and others.  The man was shot once in the shoulder.

The suspect has been identified as 25-year-old Alexander Bakutis, of Plymouth.

He was transported by ambulance to a local hospital, then flown by medical helicopter to a Boston hospital.  His injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

A bottle of alcohol, a knife, and a backpack were found near the scene.

The incident is actively being investigated by State Police detectives assigned to the Plymouth County District Attorney’s Office.

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