Autopsy: Man shot by Pittsfield Police died from seven gun shot wounds

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PITTSFIELD — The city man shot dead Friday afternoon as he charged police armed with a knife, died of seven gunshot wounds.

That's the preliminary results of Saturday's autopsy conducted on 36-year-old Daniel Gillis at the Holyoke branch of the state Chief Medical Examiner, according to the Berkshire District Attorney's Office.

Pittsfield Police Officer Christopher Colello shot Gillis after he allegedly ignored multiple orders to stop and drop his weapon outside the home at 43 Taylor Street.

Officers gave Gillis CPR at the scene before he was transported to Berkshire Medical Center where he was later pronounced dead.

The District Attorney's Office stated on Friday that Gillis was reportedly drunk and upset after losing his job earlier in the day.

The brief standoff occurred after officers responded to the home at about 12:50 p.m. on Friday for a report of a domestic disturbance.

Investigators have said Gillis allegedly entered the home by kicking in the door and had armed himself with a knife after refusing to let officers inside the house.

Gillis' girlfriend, who was inside the home, was able to get the knife away from him and ran outside the house to throw it away.

Gillis, meanwhile, armed himself with a second knife and barricaded himself inside the house, exited through a back door and confronted officers in the side yard, according to the DA.

Video taken by a bystander reportedly shows Gillis confronting the officers and charging at them, according to the district attorney's office.

The shooting remains under investigation by the Massachusetts State Police Detective Unit assigned to the DA's Office. The troopers are being assisted by their Firearms Identification and Crime Scene Services Section, chemists assigned to the State Police Crime Laboratory, the Berkshire County Sheriff's Department and the Pittsfield Police Department.

Friday's shooting marks the second officer-involved shooting in the city this year and Colello's second; the other occurring in November of 2010 in which the suspect survived his wounds.

A state police investigation into the shooting determined Colello did not act improperly when he fired his weapon seven years ago.

Colello's duty status in the wake of Friday's shooting remains unclear.

In January, Pittsfield Police Officer Martin Streit shot Mark Marauszwski, who was allegedly driving his car toward officers at a high rate of speed after fleeing from a traffic stop. Marauszwski, who survived, is facing numerous charges, including assault with a dangerous weapon and wanton destruction of property.

An investigation concluded criminal charges against Streit were not warranted in connection with the shooting.

Reach staff writer Dick Lindsay at 413-496-6233


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