Weymouth police shoot man who they say lunged at them

Authorities say two Weymouth police officers shot at a man late Friday night after he allegedly lunged at them with a knife.

William J. Sylvester, 35, was shot in the lower torso. He was taken to South Shore Hospital for treatment of injuries that were not considered to be life-threatening, according to Weymouth police.

The two officers were responding to a 911 call received at 11:52 p.m. reporting an unwanted person involved in a domestic dispute at a Winter Street residence, police said.


Police said that when the officers arrived, the caller told them that Sylvester was in a bedroom. When the officers entered the room, he allegedly brandished a knife and lunged toward them, and both fired their weapons.

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Police said Sylvester is homeless and had an outstanding warrant for violation of parole for failing to register as a sex offender.

He is now charged with two counts of assault with intent to murder and will be held without bail until his arraignment.

David Traub, a spokesman for Norfolk District Attorney Michael Morrissey, said State Police detectives were called to the scene to assist, but the Weymouth Police Department will head the investigation because the shooting was not fatal.

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