Metro

Danvers man shot to death by police

A 37-year-old Danvers man was fatally shot by police on Thursday night in the Avalon Danvers complex on the site of the former Danvers state hospital, officials said Friday.

Scott Kehoe was armed with a knife and lunged toward an officer during a confrontation, when officers “deployed lethal force,” according to preliminary evidence, Essex District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett’s office said in a statement.

Kehoe was taken to Beverly Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

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“The community can count on a thorough investigation by our office,” Blodgett said. “In all cases of use of fatal force, transparency is critical.”

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Police Chief Neil F. Ouellette said his officers were dispatched to the 5000 block of Kirkbride Drive to investigate an alleged assault at 9:52 p.m.

“The ensuing investigation indicated that a robbery had occurred and, as officers were attempting to place the suspect into custody for that, as well as existing trial court warrants, an officer-involved shooting occurred,’’ Ouellette said. “The suspect was shot.”

Blodgett’s office said the episode involved five Danvers officers and a trooper. During the confrontation, prosecutors said, Kehoe approached officers and tried to stab them.

“Residents in the area should be assured that there is no risk to their safety and the initial assault was not a random event,’’ Ouellette said.

Jasper Craven can be reached at jasper.craven@globe.com.

Jasper Craven can be reached at jasper.craven@globe.com.