OXFORD, Mass — Authorities are investigating a police-involved shooting that sent one man to the hospital.
According to the Worcester County DA’s office, the incident took place around 6 a.m. in the area of 407 Main St.
The man who was shot by the officer is accused of advancing on the officer with a sword.
The man was taken to the hospital and his condition is unknown at this time.
According to the DA, the officer was not injured and was placed on paid administrative leave per Oxford Police protocol.
State police detectives with the Worcester County District Attorney’s Office are investigating the shooting. Investigators say Oxford police do not have body cameras.
The incident happened near the entrance to Ladybug Florist, the family-owned shop Sharen Doray owns. Her daughter, Sarah Doray, lives upstairs with her own two-year-old daughter and woke up to the gunshots.
“Right outside my daughter’s window,” Sarah Doray said. “That was outside my little girl’s window. That’s what’s the scariest to me.”
The Dorays say they believe the officer protected their neighborhood and they are thinking of everyone involved.
“I’m grateful the police officer is okay,” Sharen Doray said. “I’m praying for the person that got shot, because that’s just a terrible thing, and that my family is all safe.”
While the incident has shaken the neighborhood, the Dorays say it has highlighted the good in the community on Mother’s Day, one of the biggest days of the year for florists.
As the parking lot to their shop was taped off for hours during the investigation, a local business, Robbins Garden Center, offered up space in their store for Ladybug Florist to sell their items, and neighbors opened their driveways for customer pick-ups.
The Dorays say that kindness is the Oxford they know.
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