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Police identify man who was fatally shot after stabbing officer

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A van from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner leaves the scene of a deadly police shooting on Glendale Street in Boston, Massachusetts, on May 14, 2022. © WCVB/Josh Brogadir A van from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner leaves the scene of a deadly police shooting on Glendale Street in Boston, Massachusetts, on May 14, 2022.

Boston police have identified the Massachusetts man who was shot and killed by an officer after reportedly stabbing another one in the torso.

The incident happened around 3 a.m. Saturday in the area of 22 Glendale St. near Hancock Street in Boston's Upham's Corners neighborhood.

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Boston police said 48-year-old Richard Ortiz, of Revere, came at an officer with a knife and a second officer then opened fire, killing that man.

"Officers encountered a male brandishing a knife," Boston police Superintendent Gregory Long said. "During this encounter, he stabbed one of the responding officers in the upper torso. Another officer who was on scene discharged his weapon."

Long said the suspect was pronounced dead at the scene.

Suffolk County District Attorney Kevin Hayden was at the scene investigating the incident.

A high-level source within the Boston Police Department told Kathy Curran of 5 Investigates that Ortiz was known to police. The source said Ortiz has a lengthy criminal record, including an active warrant out for breaking into the home where he was shot.


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The DA's Office said the Boston police officer who was stabbed suffered serious wounds that are not considered to be life-threatening.

The source told Curran that the officer's life was likely saved by his vest, which kept him from suffering life-threatening injuries. The source also said the injured officer was lucky to have a second officer at the scene because Ortiz was standing over him with a knife.

Witnesses described hearing four or five shots and then a woman wailing.

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