BOSTON - A 19-year-old suspect was shot and killed by police after Boston Police say he shot at officers.
Boston Police Commissioner William Gross said the shooting occurred in the city's Dorchester neighborhood after police officers "issued several verbal commands" to the suspect "to drop the firearm."
"According to several witnesses, the suspect pointed the firearm at the officers and discharged the firearm," Gross said during a news conference late Monday night.
"The officers returned fire, striking the suspect. The officers immediately rendered first aid to the suspect" before paramedics arrived, Gross said.
The suspect, who has not been identified, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Gross said the officers were not injured.
Two Boston police officers who were on bicycles responded to Penhallow Street shortly before 6 p.m. Monday. The officers responded after receiving a report of suspicious activity in that area.
One of the officers dropped his bicycle and chased the suspects onto Penhallow Street, police said. That's where the officers allegedly saw the suspect wielding a firearm, and issued several verbal commands for the suspect to drop the gun before shooting the suspect.
Investigators cordoned off a large area with yellow police tape.
Gross thanked the witnesses who came forward to provide information to investigators.
"Several witnesses came forward to provide information to the Boston Police Department and the investigative team," he said.
Anyone with additional information is urged to call Boston Police at 800-494-TIPS.
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