Acushnet man dead in Rochester after police incidents, threatening family member

By Andrea Ray | Sep 06, 2017

Rochester — Police say a 57-year-old Acushnet man threatened a family member in Rochester, fired a round of bullets inside a Braley Hill Road home, and asked responding officers to shoot him before turning the gun on himself during a Tuesday evening incident.

Rochester Police and State Police detectives determined that the man had also been involved in incidents earlier in the day in New Bedford and Acushnet. No one was injured in those cases, according to the Plymouth County District Attorney's office.

The man, who police say died at the scene, is not being identified at this time.

At approximately 6:30 p.m on Tuesday, the man drove his truck to the 300 block of Braley Hill Road in Rochester, where he drove over a lawn, struck a telephone pole and entered the home of a relative, according to authorities.

After making the threats and firing the gun, the man drove his black Toyota Tundra around the yard. When Rochester and Freetown Police officers arrived, he got out of the truck holding two handguns and asked officers to shoot him, according to the District Attorney's office.

Officers repeatedly asked the man to drop his weapons. He fired a shot into the passenger door of the truck before again asking officers to shoot him. He then turned his gun on himself and fired, authorities said.

Rochester Fire and emergency medical services arrived at the home at 6:45 p.m. and determined the man had died.

As part of the investigation, several witness interviews were conducted. No shots were fired by Rochester and Freetown Police officers.

The matter has been turned over to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. The investigation is ongoing.

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