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Kingston officer thought man was reaching for a gun when police fired, report says

In a mall parking lot early Tuesday, two Kingston police officers stood near an irate Alexander E. Bakutis as the Plymouth man allegedly reached toward his waist, prompting one officer to shout “gun” and the second to fire his service pistol, according to a police report.

“The suspect held the item in a way that was consistent with a firearm grip to include the suspect’s finger being curled in a manner consistent with a ‘finger on the trigger,’” Sergeant Detective Michael Skowyra wrote in the report. One officer “feared he was about to be shot.”

The second officer fired at least once, and Bakutis fell to the ground with a gunshot wound to his left shoulder.

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The gunfire ended a confrontation that had begun around 2:46 a.m. outside the Kingston Collection mall when Bakutis allegedly threatened a security guard with a large knife sheathed on his waist, officials said. He then repeatedly shouted “Kill me” and “Shoot me” even as he was being Tased, according to the report.

Bakutis, 25, was arraigned Wednesday in Plymouth District Court on three counts of assault with a dangerous weapon for allegedly menacing the security guard and the two police officers. He was ordered to undergo a mental competency evaluation, according to court records.

Police found a knife with a black handle and sheath in the parking lot but did not find a gun, authorities said. Police also found a can of suspected pepper spray, a cellphone, and a note containing what was “alleged to have various suicidal-like statements,” the report stated.

Police provided first aid until emergency responders arrived. Bakutis was taken to Boston Medical Center.

The security guard later told police he was in his vehicle in the mall parking lot when Bakutis approached him and “displayed a knife and wanted [the guard] to exit his vehicle,” the report stated.

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Bakutis followed the guard as he drove away, and the guard called 911, according to the report.

The shooting is under investigation by Plymouth District Attorney Timothy J. Cruz and local and State Police. The officer who shot Bakutis has been placed on administrative leave during the investigation, police said.



John R. Ellement can be reached at john.ellement@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @JREbosglobe.