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Milford police officer fatally shoots man who charged at him with metal pipe, Worcester DA says

A Milford police officer fatally shot a 39-year-old man Sunday night when the suspect allegedly charged at him with a metal pipe, authorities said.

In a statement, Worcester District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr.'s office identified the slain suspect as Philip Castonguay III, who lived on Glines Avenue in Milford.

Police were called to the street around 8:30 p.m. Sunday for a report of a disturbance caused by Castonguay, the statement said. Details of the disturbance weren’t immediately available.

“Castonguay was wielding a metal pipe and charged at the arriving officer,” the statement said. “The responding officer shot Castonguay.” Prosecutors didn’t name the officer.


Early’s office said Castonguay was taken to Milford Regional Medical Center, where he was later pronounced dead. The officer, though not physically injured, was also taken to the hospital following the incident according to department policy, prosecutors said.

He was placed on administrative leave according to standard protocol.

The shooting remains under investigation by State Police detectives assigned to Early’s office, State Police Crime Scene Services, the State Police Firearms Identification Section, and Milford police, the statement said.

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