- Associated Press - Monday, October 12, 2015

BEVERLY, Mass. (AP) - The Essex district attorney’s office is investigating the weekend shooting by police of a 49-year-old Hamilton man who used his SUV to ram several others vehicles, including two police cruisers.

Police say they responded to a report of a suicidal man on Balch Street on Saturday afternoon.

District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett says the suspect, identified as Christopher Whitmarsh, had slammed his GMC Envoy twice into another SUV. Police say he knew one of the passengers inside the vehicle he was ramming.

Blodgett says when an officer ordered him to stop, he rammed two police cruisers.

An officer fired a shot through the driver’s side window, hitting Whitmarsh. He died later at a local hospital.

The name of the officer who shot Whitmarsh has not been released.

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