1 Dead in Officer-Involved Shooting in Boston

Four officers were taken to local hospitals as a precaution due to the stress involved.

One person was killed in an officer-involved shooting in Boston's Dorchester neighborhood on Friday morning, authorities said.

Boston Police Commissioner William Evans said a suspect who refused to drop a gun was shot and killed by police at Laredo and Stanwood streets around 10:30 a.m. Evans said it came after two other people were hurt in a shooting inside a house on Devon Street that injured two others.

"All of us were holding our breath, as we do all the time when we hear over police radio - 'Drop the gun, drop the gun, drop the gun,'" Evans said.

According to Evans, the initial call came in at 10:25 a.m. for an individual shot at 107 Devon Street. Boston police responded and spotted two individuals on Laredo Street, one carrying another who appeared to have been shot in the leg.

The first person had a gun and ignored police commands to drop it, at which point police shot and killed him, authorities said.

"The worst decision we ever make is taking a life," Evans said. "But if you're gonna shoot at an officer, unfortunately you're going to leave us no choice."

Authorities have not publicly identified the person killed, but Evans said he was well known to police, having several past firearms offenses. 

"Not too many people didn't know who he was," he said.

Boston EMS said four officers were taken to local hospitals. Evans said they were transported as a precaution due to the stress involved.

Prosecutors from the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office are responding to the scene.

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