Boston Police Kill Man in Second Fatal Police Shooting in a Week


Associated Press

BOSTON (AP) -- Officers investigating a disturbance shot and killed a man they said threatened them with a knife in the city's second fatal police shooting in a week.

Police were sent to investigate a complaint that Luis Gonzalez, 57, had threatened neighbors with a knife and tossed window fans and other objects into a courtyard.

Officers tried to subdue him with pepper spray, but he continued to threaten them with the knife, prompting two officers to fire their guns, police said at a news conference Saturday.

A neighbor, Luis Morales, 49, said he had talked to Gonzalez almost daily and he never detected any aggressiveness.

He said Gonzalez would call out from his second floor window and talk to anyone who passed by. "He was a person who was more friendly than anyone else over here," he said.

Less than a week earlier, police killed Bert Bowen, 40, after he allegedly threatened two officers with a gun. The officers were placed on administrative leave pending an investigation.

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