ADAMS, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — A man accidentally killed his neighbor with a crossbow Wednesday afternoon while trying to save him from attacking pit bulls, the Berkshire District Attorney's office said.
Shortly after noon, when Adams Police were called to a Bellevue Avenue apartment for reports of a mauling in progress.
"Investigators currently believe a neighbor heard the commotion, called Police, and then made entry into the apartment," the Berkshire DA's office said in a release. "The neighbor got a crossbow and shot at the dogs. The arrow struck one of the dogs, went through a door, and then struck the individual being mauled as he was attempting to barricade himself from the attack."
When officers arrived, the dogs attacked them, and the responding officers shot the dogs to death. The dogs both had "a history of being aggressive," the department said.
A child, who was unharmed, was also found in a nearby room.
At a press conference Thursday afternoon, The Berkshire Eagle reported, Berkshire District Attorney Andrea Harrington identified the victim as Joshua Jadusingh, 27.
The neighbor is cooperating with the authorities, and the DA's office said the death is believed to be accidental at this point in the investigation.