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Leicester police shooting happens as man drives SUV into station – WCVB Boston

A man is dead after he drove a vehicle into the front of the Leicester Police Station, rammed the doors and later pointed what appeared to be a firearm at responding officers, according to Worcester County District Attorney Joseph Early Jr.Early says the man, who appeared to be in his early 20s, crashed into the front of the station with an SUV at 6:13 a.m. Sunday and then repeatedly drove into the front doors until he gained entry into the building.Leicester police Chief Kenneth Antanavica says the front doors to the police station are made of steel and both open outward. He says the man drove his SUV up the handicap accessible ramp to the front doors and repeatedly rammed the doors until almost his entire vehicle was in the front lobby.A dispatcher with the Worcester Emergency Communication Center saw the incident happening in real time on surveillance video. She immediately called Leicester police officers to inform them about what was happening.The responding police officers saw the SUV in front of the door when they arrived at the scene. A picture from the scene shows that the vehicle that crashed into the front of the police station is a Toyota FJ Cruiser.According to Early, the man exited his vehicle and immediately placed what appeared to be a rifle on his shoulder and aimed it at the responding officers.The police officers then shot the man and rendered medical aid to him until an ambulance arrived a short time later. The suspect was taken to St. Vincent Hospital in Worcester, where he was pronounced dead.”Our thoughts and prayers go out to everybody involved in this incident,” Antanavica said.Early says no officers were shot during the incident.The suspect has not been officially identified. According to Early, the suspect had a pending case in East Brookfield District Court for a traffic violation and a court date scheduled for June 1.Antanavica says the incident appears to be isolated and that there is no danger to the public at this time. The police chief says the two Leicester police officers who were involved in the shooting. Those officers have been placed on administrative leave per department policy.The shooting is being investigated by members of the Massachusetts State Police and state police detectives assigned to Early’s office.Early says it is unclear who was inside the Leicester Police Station at the time of the incident.

A man is dead after he drove a vehicle into the front of the Leicester Police Station, rammed the doors and later pointed what appeared to be a firearm at responding officers, according to Worcester County District Attorney Joseph Early Jr.

Early says the man, who appeared to be in his early 20s, crashed into the front of the station with an SUV at 6:13 a.m. Sunday and then repeatedly drove into the front doors until he gained entry into the building.

Leicester police Chief Kenneth Antanavica says the front doors to the police station are made of steel and both open outward. He says the man drove his SUV up the handicap accessible ramp to the front doors and repeatedly rammed the doors until almost his entire vehicle was in the front lobby.

A dispatcher with the Worcester Emergency Communication Center saw the incident happening in real time on surveillance video. She immediately called Leicester police officers to inform them about what was happening.

The responding police officers saw the SUV in front of the door when they arrived at the scene. A picture from the scene shows that the vehicle that crashed into the front of the police station is a Toyota FJ Cruiser.

According to Early, the man exited his vehicle and immediately placed what appeared to be a rifle on his shoulder and aimed it at the responding officers.

The police officers then shot the man and rendered medical aid to him until an ambulance arrived a short time later. The suspect was taken to St. Vincent Hospital in Worcester, where he was pronounced dead.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to everybody involved in this incident,” Antanavica said.

Early says no officers were shot during the incident.

The suspect has not been officially identified. According to Early, the suspect had a pending case in East Brookfield District Court for a traffic violation and a court date scheduled for June 1.

Antanavica says the incident appears to be isolated and that there is no danger to the public at this time.

The police chief says the two Leicester police officers who were involved in the shooting. Those officers have been placed on administrative leave per department policy.

The shooting is being investigated by members of the Massachusetts State Police and state police detectives assigned to Early’s office.

Early says it is unclear who was inside the Leicester Police Station at the time of the incident.

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