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South Boston man shot by police arraigned at BMC

A South Boston man shot by police after allegedly pointing a pellet gun at officers and state troopers pleaded not guilty to one count of assault with a dangerous weapon from his hospital bed Friday.

South Boston District Court Judge Michael Bolden ordered Kenneth Connelly, 53, held on $750 bail and imposed weekly probation check-ins and a mental health evaluation. Connelly was arraigned from his bed at Boston Medical Center, where he has been hospitalized since being shot Wednesday night in the confrontation with Boston police and state troopers.

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Connelly was shot after he refused to obey requests by officers to drop the object in his hand and then pointed the pellet gun at police, according to authorities.

A Boston police officer struck by at least one pellet was also injured, but his injury was not life-threatening, police said.

Connelly was in serious condition Friday, but is expected to survive, a BMC spokeswoman said.

The incident began around 9 p.m. Wednesday when Boston police and troopers responded to reports of a man firing a silver handgun in the area of East Eighth and Old Harbor streets in South Boston. Officers told Connelly to put down his weapon and show his hands. He ignored their commands, and raised and pointed the gun at officers, according to a statement from State Police spokesman David Procopio. At least one officer discharged his weapon, and Connelly was hit, authorities said.

Two pellet guns were recovered near where the suspect fell, police said.

Neither Boston nor State Police have said how many shots were fired or who among the responding officers fired their weapons.

Matthew Higgins can be reached at matthew.higgins@
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