Boston police shoot and kill 19-year-old man in Dorchester

Officers in Dorchester shot and killed a 19-year-old after he opened fire on them, according to Boston Police Commissioner William Gross.

Gross held a 10-minute press conference at Boston Police Headquarters on Monday, June 24, hours after the shooting.

According to Gross, the victim was wielding a firearm at two officers who were on bicycle patrol in the area where shots were fired earlier.

The shooting happened on Penhollow St. off of Melville Ave. in Dorchester, Gross said.

Gross said a call came into the police department for shots fired at 5:16 p.m. The officers on bike observed two men running for the area of the shooting and began chasing them on foot.

Both men separated and the victim ended up on Penhallow St. when officers told him to drop his weapon, according to Gross.

Both men separated and the victim ended up on Penhollow St. when officers told him to drop his weapon, according to Gross.

“The officers were issuing forth several verbal demands for the suspect to drop the firearm to no avail,” Gross told cameras. “Also according to several witnesses, the suspect then pointed the firearm at the officers and discharged the firearm at the Boston Police officers. And I want to note that the officers were in uniform with their badges clearly displayed.”

Officers who shot at the victim were treated at an area hospital per protocol, according to media reports.

The officers involved in the shooting weren’t wearing body cameras but other officers who arrived at the scene were.

Officer-involved shootings are subject to the Suffolk District Attorney’s Office.

The incident remains under investigation.

Jordan Frias

Jordan Frias is an editorial assistant at Boston Herald and a contributor of Spare Change News. He is vice president of the New England Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and a graduate of Northeastern University's School of Journalism.

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