Armed Suspect Shot And Killed By Worcester PD After Claiming To Have Bomb


WORCESTER, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — A standoff ended in Worcester on Wednesday morning when a man who said he had a bomb was shot and killed by police.

Worcester County District Attorney Joseph Early said 31-year-old Phet Gouvonvong called 911 on Tuesday night at around 10:30 p.m. and told police that he had a rifle and a bomb he planned to set off.

Police were able to track the number overnight and locate the suspect on Grafton Street. Early said officers then made a "lengthy attempt" to negotiate with the suspect and deescalate the situation.

"At which point the man advanced towards the police officers, at that point there was a shooting, and the man — the suspect, was pronounced dead at the scene," Early said.

Early said Gouvonvong was wearing body armor and a backpack with a wire coming out of it.

During a press conference Wednesday morning, Early said that they "do not have any evidence at this point that there is another bomb; that there [are] any other explosives." However, the investigation is ongoing.

The officer involved in the shooting was placed on administrative leave, as is the police of the police department.

Authorities are asking anyone who has cell phone video of the incident to call 508-799-8651.

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