Mass. cop shoots knife-wielding teen

"Shoot me, shoot me, I want to die," the teen yelled

By Richard Weir
The Boston Herald

A "distraught" 16-year-old brandishing a knife and yelling, "Shoot me, shoot me, I want to die," was wounded by a Weymouth cop early yesterday after he ignored repeated orders to drop his weapon, police and witnesses said.

"The police told him, `Put the knife down. Put the knife down. Put the knife down.' They said it over and over and over, at least a dozen times," said Cindy Alkanan, 40, a neighbor at the Lakeview Manor housing project. "Then I heard a gunshot. There were police officers around him. And all I could hear was a police officer saying, `Oh my God, it's just a kid. Oh my God, it's just a kid.' ... He was really upset about it."

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