WARWICK, R.I. (AP) — Two unrelated fatal shootings by police just hours apart in Massachusetts and Rhode Island are under investigation, authorities said.
The first occurred around 6 p.m. Monday in Fall River, Massachusetts, and the other occurred in Warwick, Rhode Island, around 11 p.m. Monday.
In the Massachusetts shooting, two officers went to an apartment in the city to investigate a report from a woman who said she had been assaulted there last weekend, Bristol District Attorney Thomas Quinn III said at a Monday news conference.
An “altercation ensued" with a man during which it appears “an officer fired a shot or shots," he said.
Anthony Harden, 30, was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead, he said.
“Initial information indicates a knife was present at the scene of the altercation,” Quinn said.
Both officers were taken to the hospital for evaluation. Their names were not released.
In Rhode Island, police shot and killed a man who pointed a rifle at officers and ignored commands to drop the weapon, according to a statement Tuesday from Warwick police.
Officers went to a condominium complex around 10:30 p.m. Monday to perform a well-being check after getting a call from someone who said there was a suicidal male inside one unit and they were concerned for a female occupant's safety, according to the statement.
Police also got information that the man was armed. The woman was safely removed from the residence.
Twice the man came out of the unit, pointed a rifle at officers and went back inside, police said.
On the third occasion, “he advanced towards the officers while aiming the rifle in their direction and ignored repeated police commands to drop his weapon," police said.
One officer fired, striking the man, police said. He was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead at about 11:30 p.m.
No names were made public.