Boston – A man under surveillance by terrorism investigators was shot and killed outside a pharmacy Tuesday after he lunged with a knife at a city police officer and an FBI agent, police Commissioner William Evans said.
The man refused orders by the members of the Joint Terrorism Task Force to drop his military-style knife before the officer and agent both opened fire, Evans said.
“The officers asked him several times to put the knife down,” Evans said.
The man had been under surveillance and confronted the investigators after they identified themselves as law enforcement and asked him to stop and talk outside a CVS pharmacy in the city’s Roslindale neighborhood at about 7 a.m. The man was on foot.
He was taken to a hospital, where he died.
The officer and agent did “what they are trained to do,” Evans said.
Evans did not disclose why the man was under surveillance.
The officer and the agent were also evaluated at the hospital for what Evans described as “stress,” though they were not physically injured.
A message was left with the FBI’s Boston office.