A 34-year-old man was shot and killed by police in Taunton after he allegedly aimed a handgun at officers Thursday afternoon, the Bristol district attorney said.
Police officers approached David Arraiol of Taunton near the intersection of Wales and Mason streets around 3:30 p.m., District Attorney C. Samuel Sutter said in a statement. Arraiol, who was wanted on outstanding warrants, began walking away from officers toward the driveway of a house on Wales Street.
“Arraiol hid behind a vehicle before reappearing with a handgun drawn,” Sutter said. “Mr. Arraiol was ordered to stop and to drop the weapon, but refused to comply.”
Then, the district attorney said, an officer fired his service weapon and hit Arraiol. After police officers disarmed him, Arriaol was taken to Morton Hospital in Taunton, where he was pronounced dead.
The shooting is being investigated by State Police detectives assigned to the district attorney’s office, spokesman Gregg Miliote said. The state medical examiner’s office will conduct an autopsy, Miliote said.
No further information about the shooting was available Thursday.Colin A. Young can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter