Armed man fatally shot by Brockton Police identified as Dorchester resident

Armed man fatally shot by Brockton Police identified as Dorchester resident
DA: Armed man fatally shot by Brockton Police responding to domestic violence call

Bryan Cruz-Soto, 28, of Dorchester was armed with a knife when he was shot and killed by police during a 911 response for domestic violence at 33 Overlook Ave. around 3 p.m. Monday, Plymouth County District Attorney Tim Cruz said in a statement on Tuesday.

In a 911 call to police, the caller said that a female victim was bleeding and fighting, and screaming was heard on the 911 call, Cruz said.

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Brockton Police, Brockton Fire and Brockton Emergency Medical Services responded and the male suspect, later identified as Cruz-Soto, exited the back door of the home.

A preliminary investigation found that two Brockton Police officers encountered Cruz-Soto outside the home in the driveway, reportedly carrying a knife, the district attorney said.

The officers fired their weapons and struck Cruz-Soto, who was treated on scene and then taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Brockton Police contacted Massachusetts State Police Detectives and an investigation began, and multiple interviews were conducted as part of the investigation, the district attorney said.

At the time of Monday’s incident, Cruz-Soto was wearing a GPS electronic monitoring bracelet as a term of condition from an open case in Suffolk County, Cruz said.

“As with all incidents in which police discharge a firearm, there will be a full review of the circumstances surrounding this incident,” Cruz said.

An investigation is underway by the Massachusetts State Police Detectives assigned to the Plymouth County District Attorney’s Office.

The officers involved are not being identified.


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