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Police shoot Dorchester man during confrontation after Fields Corner stabbing

Police gathered around the scene in Fields Corner.
Police gathered around the scene in Fields Corner.Danny McDonald/Boston Globe

A man who was shot by police after he allegedly stabbed another person multiple times late Monday night in Dorchester’s Fields Corner is slated to be arraigned Wednesday, according to authorities.

Luis Gomes, 32, of Dorchester, was arrested after he was shot and is now facing charges of armed assault with intent to murder and assault by means of a dangerous weapon, Boston police said in a statement.

Police Commissioner William Gross described the condition of both men as stable early Tuesday morning. Gross said officers on patrol saw two men fighting in front of 208 Adams St. shortly before 11:30 p.m. Monday.

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“It was a very violent attack,” said Gross.

The officers got out of their car, and one tried to stop a man later identified by authorities as Gomes from attacking another man with a knife. The victim, believed to be 47 years old, suffered three wounds in the neck and back, officials said.

When the officer attempted to separate the two men, Gomes turned and tried to stab the officer, Gross said. The officer’s partner then shot Gomes, striking him in the thigh.

The officers then immediately applied a tourniquet to Gomes’s leg. Both men were taken to local hospitals. The officers were not injured.

The incident marked the second police shooting in the area in recent days. Last Friday, one man died and another was injured in a series of events that started at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Police have said that Juston Root, 41, of Mattapan, arrived at the hospital Friday morning with “what appeared to be a firearm,” according to Police Superintendent-in-Chief Gregory Long, who spoke at a press conference Friday. Root pointed the object at police officers, who fired at him, police said.

A man working as a valet outside the hospital was shot in the head, and Root, seen hobbling to a car in a video taken by a witness, fled the scene before being shot and killed by police in Brookline.

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Early Tuesday, Gross said police would canvass the Fields Corner neighborhood for video footage of the Monday night stabbing. A knife was recovered at the scene.

Gross said Mayor Martin J. Walsh and Suffolk District Attorney Rachael Rollins were notified of the incident.

Gomes had been arrested in Dorchester nine times between 2010 and 2018, court records show. Most of the charges were misdemeanors: affray, trespassing, drug possession. Gomes’s cases were often dismissed, court records show.

A group of people who said they knew Gomes gathered in Fields Corner on Tuesday afternoon. A woman who identified herself as his girlfriend of two years, but did not want to give her name, said Gomes was defending himself in the fight that led to his hospitalization and the criminal charges. She said she had not been able to see him since.

“That’s our friend,” another woman in the group said. “He’s a good guy.”

William Chico, whose wife runs Mary Beauty Salon in Fields Corner, said he was surprised to hear of the violent incident. Aside from occasional issues with homeless people in a small park in front of the store, there are not many issues in the area, he said.

“I was a little worried because I didn’t know what the situation was,” he said in Spanish. “We almost never have these kinds of problems.”

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More than 20 police officers responded to the scene of the incident, and all streets leading to the intersection of Dorchester Avenue and Adams Street were closed to traffic in the hours afterward. More than 15 police vehicles could be seen at the scene.


Danny McDonald can be reached at daniel.mcdonald@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @Danny__McDonald. Gal Tziperman Lotan can be reached at gal.lotan@globe.com or at 617-929-2043.