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September 14, 2013

DA: Shooting death by officers was 'justifiable'


“At this point it was clear that Kehoe was brandishing a knife,” the report states. Stone said in his report that Kehoe was also pacing back and forth.

He made “aggressive stabbing and jousting motions” at the officers as they yelled at him to drop the knife and get on the ground, the report said.

Ellenton released the police dog, which ran toward Kehoe and made contact with his left leg but did not bite him. Kehoe appeared to try to stab the dog.

According to Ellenton’s report, he called off Falco, who appeared confused by all the yelling at the scene, and put him back in the police car.

Stone, meanwhile, was trying to convince Kehoe to drop the knife when Kehoe began chasing him. Stone ran back toward the officers.

Shabowich had been yelling at Kehoe to drop the knife when Kehoe turned toward him.

“Kehoe charged at Officer Shabowich and got within 6 feet of him,” the report said. “Officer Shabowich aimed his firearm in a low downward direction and fired three shots, striking Kehoe in the leg with the third shot.”

Kehoe stumbled but continued toward Shabowich, the report said. At that point, Ellenton fired five times, striking Kehoe “multiple times,” the report said.

Kehoe was hit in the right and left sides of his chest, his right thigh, his right forearm and the front of his right calf.

Seven bullet casings were recovered at the scene, two from Shabowich’s gun and five from Ellenton’s. The eighth was not found.

After being shot, Kehoe, still holding the knife, continued to kick at the officers and tried to get up, the report said.

He was taken to Beverly Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Police were later told by a witness that Kehoe may have stolen partial prescriptions for the drugs Lyrica and Adderall from the witness two days before the incident.

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