Springfield police officer shoots, kills man armed with knife - Western Mass News - WGGB/WSHM

Springfield police officer shoots, kills man armed with knife

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128 Mill St., in Springfield. 128 Mill St., in Springfield.
A bullet hole in an apartment wall at the scene of the crime at 128 Mill St. A bullet hole in an apartment wall at the scene of the crime at 128 Mill St.

A man armed with a large knife was shot and killed by a Springfield police officer after he advanced on the officer and his partner in a tight area, leaving them no room to retreat.

Police responded to 128 Mill St. about 12:15 a.m. Thursday after receiving multiple reports that a man armed with a knife was slashing tires in the parking lot. One caller said that the man was smashing windows to the apartment building while armed with the kitchen knife, according to Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney.

"He just ran upstairs, he's gonna kill somebody," one witness told police, Delaney said.

A female victim told police she was chased into her apartment by the 200-pound man and that she feared for her life, Delaney said.

Officers entered the building and went to the second floor only to have a door slammed shut as they approached the apartment the suspect was in.

Officers told the man to open the door, but he refused and barricaded it. That's when police forced the door open, Delaney said.

The suspect, who has been identified as David J. Kingsbury, 34, of 128 Mill St., was armed with a kitchen knife and the two officers were in close proximity to the man. At that point Kingsbury advanced on the officers and they backed away, Delaney said.

Police told the Kingsbury to drop the knife again, and with no room to retreat, and fearing for his life, one officer shot the suspect to stop the threat, Delaney said.

The officers immediately performed CPR with rescue breaths until EMT's arrived, Delaney said.

Kingsbury was taken to Baystate Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. His family has been notified of his death and the circumstances.

Commissioner John Barbieri and Deputy Chief William Cochrane immediately responded to the scene. Capt. Thomas Trites and members of the detective bureau arrived on scene and conducted an investigation. The State Police Forensic Unit also responded to the scene. The district attorney's office was notified of the investigation by Barbieri.

The names of the police officers are also not being released at this time. Following Springfield Police Department protocol, the officers have been placed on desk duty while an investigation is conducted.

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