LYNN — A Lynn police officer fatally shot a man suspected of robbing a Walgreens in Revere Monday morning after a Revere officer outside his car was “pinned by the suspect’s vehicle” following a car pursuit, Essex District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett’s office said in a statement.
The Revere officer was rushed to Massachusetts General Hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening, Blodgett’s office said.
The robbery suspect was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Blodgett, who is overseeing the investigation into the use of deadly force by the Lynn officer.
The man who was killed was described as a white male, but authorities released no other identifying information about him.
Jaleel Beato, 16, a neighbor, said he heard the confrontation outside his window around 8:15 a.m. Monday.
“I just heard gunshots and a man screaming,” said Beato, who lives in a house near Witt Street in Lynn. “I was shocked. They were loud.”
Beato said he heard about five shots in a row, but couldn’t see anything from his window. He then heard sirens and an ambulance arrive on the scene.
Another area resident, Gloria Williams, said she heard about four shots, although she did not realize they were gunshots at the time.
“I heard some ‘boom-boom-boom,’” said Williams, a resident on an adjoining street. “I thought it was construction.”
According to Blodgett, Revere police received reports at 8:07 a.m. of a robbery at the Walgreens drug store at 430 Broadway.
According to Revere police transmissions recorded by the Broadcastify website, the dispatcher told an arriving officer that the man had passed a note demanding drugs to a pharmacist at the store. It was not clear if the pharmacist complied with the man’s demands.
Police who responded to the call reviewed surveillance footage, which showed the man they identified as the suspect driving away in a silver BMW sedan.
An officer spotted the sedan on Route 107 and unsuccessfully attempted to stop it. It continued to drive north on Route 107 into Lynn with at least one Revere police officer in pursuit, Blodgett said. Lynn police were notified, he said.
The operator then turned from Route 107 onto Summer Street and then onto Witt Street — a dead end lined with multiple-unit residential buildings, Blodgett said. A Lynn officer working a detail at the corner of Witt and Summer streets saw the BMW make the turn, with the Revere officer in pursuit, and ran to assist, Blodgett said.
“Upon observing the Revere officer outside of his vehicle and pinned by the suspect vehicle, the Lynn officer discharged his service weapon at the suspect,” Blodgett said.
Acting Lynn Police Chief Lenny Desmarais told reporters the Revere and Lynn police officers jointly confronted the man.
“At the end of the street, the Lynn officer had to discharge his weapon, striking and killing the suspect in the robbery in Revere,” said Desmarais.
Blodgett’s statement did not say whether the man was armed or whether he displayed a firearm at the drugstore, or during the police pursuit.
But in the Broadcastify recordings, one of the pursuing officers asks at one point during the chase whether a firearm was involved in the robbery.
“Negative,” the dispatcher responds. “Did not show a firearm.”
Revere police referred questions to Blodgett’s office. Blodgett’s office said that an “active and fluid investigation” is continuing.