, Salem, MA

September 13, 2013

DA: Danvers shooting by police 'justifiable'

Julie Manganis
The Salem News

DANVERS — The Essex District Attorney's office has concluded that the fatal shooting of a Danvers man by police last month was justifiable, and a case of "suicide by cop," according to a report released this afternoon. 

Scott Kehoe, 37, was killed after being shot at a total of eight times by two Danvers patrolmen during a confrontation outside the Avalon Apartments complex on Kirkbride Drive back on Aug. 22 and 23, the district attorney said in the five-page report

Officers Peter Shabowitch and Justin Ellenton were identified as the officers who fired at Kehoe, striking him in the leg, chest and forearm after Kehoe allegedly attempted to stab a state trooper and a police dog. 

The report said Kehoe continued advancing on officers with a knife even after being shot in the leg. 

"Based upon the facts presented and applying the case law pertaining to the use of foce to defend oneself or another, it is determined that the officers were in imminent danger of being stabbed by Kehoe and that he posed an immediate danger of killing or seriously injuring others," the report concluded. 

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