Man stated he wanted to kill cop before officer-involved shooting, officials say

EVERETT, Mass. — A man injured in an officer-involved shooting in Everett allegedly said he wanted to kill a police officer before being shot, according to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office.

An Everett police officer was in his cruiser in the area of Broadway and Second Street around midnight Monday morning when someone said they saw a man walking up the street saying he wanted to kill a police officer.

The officer got out of his cruiser and was approached by the man, and that’s when there was an encounter between the two, police said.

"I was sitting in my parlor watching TV, feeding my baby," a witness, who didn't want to be identified, said. "I heard a commotion and then I heard someone yell."

That’s when the 48-year-old man was shot by the officer. He was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

"I heard, 'Pop, pop,'" He said. "So I put my baby down and I come out and I saw the Everett cop right underneath the sign."

Police said two knives were recovered by officers at the scene.

"Obviously all the cops came flying over, and the ambulance got here," the witness said. "Took them five or 10 minutes, give or take."

The police officer was also taken to a hospital as a precaution and was not injured.

"To be honest with you, in the square lately, it's not a fun place to be walking through," the witness said. "Some of the stuff I see on a day-to-day basis. I have a 7-week-old baby. I've lived here all my life. I don't like seeing this."

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call police.