Springfield police shoot knife-wielding man

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SPRINGFIELD (AP) -- A knife-wielding man who went on a rampage in Springfield, slashing tires and breaking windows, was shot to death early Thursday by an officer after refusing to drop his weapon.

The man, David Kingsbury, was brought to the hospital after the shooting at about 12:15 a.m. where he was pronounced dead, Sgt. John Delaney said in a statement.

Officers responded to a home after getting a 911 call. Upon arrival, police were told the man had gone into an apartment. Kingsbury, 34, lived at the address.

After demanding that the door be opened, officers forced their way into the apartment and confronted a man with a kitchen knife, police said.

Kingsbury advanced toward the officers in a tight space and refused an order to drop the knife. One officer, fearing for his own safety and the safety of his partner, shot once, hitting Kingsbury.

The officers performed first aid and administered CPR until EMTs arrived.

Commissioner John Barbieri and Deputy Chief William Cochrane responded to the scene.

The officers, whose names were not made public, were placed on desk duty per protocol pending the investigation. They were not injured.


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