Video Shows Boston Officers Firing Alleged "Less-Lethal Shotgun" On Suspect

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — A video started making the rounds on social media Sunday morning, allegedly showing Boston Police firing a less-lethal weapon on an armed suspect.

Boston Police Department said the suspect had ignored officer's orders to drop a knife, which led to a lengthy foot pursuit and the deployment of a bean bag shotgun.

The video was reportedly taken early Sunday morning on Federal Street in Boston's Financial District. It appears to show almost a dozen Boston officers surrounding a man with a knife. The suspect seemed to have trouble standing up straight, while refusing to drop the weapon.

The group of officers can then be seen stepping back, as one fires four shots at the suspect, who collapses while attempting to flee. He's then tackled by the officers, as the person filming the video from their car reacts in shock.

Update 12:10 p.m. BPD has released the following statement:

At about 1:39am on Sunday, November 1, 2020, a Boston Police Sergeant assigned to District A-1 (Downtown) was approached in the Downtown Crossing area by a group of people who reported that there was a man with a knife running down Winter Street towards Washington Street. A member of the group stated that the man approached them and began swinging the knife erratically in their direction.

Moments later, officers observed a male matching the description of the suspect pacing back and forth in the intersection of Winter and Washington Streets with an unknown object in his hand. As the officers approached the male, they confirmed that he was holding a knife.

The officers ordered the suspect to drop the knife and get down on the ground. The suspect ignored the officer’s commands to drop the knife and fled on foot up Washington Street towards Franklin Street.

Throughout a lengthy foot pursuit through the streets of Downtown Boston, the suspect repeatedly stated that he did nothing wrong and told the officers to shoot him. In an attempt to de-escalate the situation, the officers deployed their department issued Oleoresin Capsicum spray towards the suspect, with minimal effect on him.

After the suspect ignored multiple commands by the officers to drop the knife, the Sergeant on scene deployed multiple shots from a “less-lethal” bean bag shotgun, striking the suspect, and causing him to fall to the ground and drop the knife. Officers were then able to take the suspect into custody without further incident or injury.

The suspect was then transported by EMS to a local hospital for treatment and evaluation. Upon his release, the suspect, Kenneth Kelley, 42 years old, of Londonderry NH, was subsequently charged with four counts of Assault by Means of a Dangerous Weapon, Disturbing the Peace, and Resisting Arrest.

This incident is currently under investigation by the Boston Police Department’s Firearm Discharge Investigation Team.

WBZ NewsRadio's Matt Shearer reports:

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