- Associated Press - Friday, June 19, 2015

BOSTON (AP) - A Massachusetts state trooper fatally shot a man who refused orders to drop a knife and made threatening gestures after a foot chase Friday along a busy road and popular riverside park near Boston University, the state police superintendent said.

State police Col. Timothy Alben said BU officers first approached the man because he matched the description of someone with several outstanding warrants. He said the man then pulled out a knife and fled on foot along the Esplanade park along the Charles River and onto Storrow Drive.

The trooper, who was working nearby, confronted the fleeing man on a footbridge over Storrow Drive, and after they exchanged words, the man made threatening gestures, Alben said.

“There were shots fired at that point and, as a result of that, the individual is deceased,” Alben said.

The names of the man and the trooper were not immediately released.

Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley, whose office is investigating the trooper’s use of deadly force, said the man was a 45-year-old Boston resident. Alben said the man had a lengthy criminal record in the Boston area.

Conley said the preliminary investigation suggests that the man was shot as he approached the trooper with the knife.

Former Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis said he witnessed the foot chase and the fatal shooting as he was driving on Storrow Drive.

Davis told The Boston Globe that the man “ran up the walkway and the officers were telling him to ‘Drop the knife! Drop the knife!’ He didn’t drop the knife.”

“Then there was a trooper who had come from the other side of the walkway,” Davis said. “The guy went at him. The trooper said, ‘Drop the weapon! Drop the weapon!’ The trooper then fired at him when he refused to drop the weapon.”

A Boston University spokesman declined to comment on the shooting.

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