Man fatally shot by police in Reading identified

The Middlesex district attorney’s office has identified the man who was shot and killed by a police officer in Reading last Saturday as 43-year-old Alan Greenough of Reading.

Greenough was shot after police responded to a report of an alleged assault at a Main Street home involving Greenough and another “household member,” according to a statement from the DA’s office.

When police arrived at the scene, the home was deadbolted. By the time officers got into the home, Greenough had fled, according to the DA. Police then searched the area for him.


Shortly after 4:30 p.m., a Reading officer shot at Greenough, wounding him. Greenough was then taken to Lahey Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. A crime scene was established at East Coast Gas & Auto Repair at 1462 Main St., which drew more than a dozen police vehicles.

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The officer who shot Greenough was also taken to a local hospital, where he was treated and released. Authorities have not identified the officer or detailed his injuries.

The incident remains an open and active investigation, which is being conducted by the Middlesex district attorney’s office.

A full report will be released once the investigation is concluded, the statement said.

Globe correspondent Jacob Carozza contributed to this report. Danny McDonald can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @Danny__McDonald.