“The Essex district attorney’s office will conduct a full and impartial review of this morning’s police-involved shooting, a standard procedure for the use of fatal force in Essex County,” said District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett.
“The community can count on a thorough investigation by our office. In all cases of use of fatal force, transparency is critical. As we have in prior investigations of police-involved shootings, community stakeholders and members of the media will have the opportunity to review our written findings when the probe is complete.”
Kehoe, who was a longtime Peabody resident before moving to Danvers, had struggled for years with mental illness and substance abuse, a family friend confirmed.
His parents, David and Mary Ellen Kehoe, until recently had physical custody of Kehoe’s children.
Kehoe has held jobs in the past but had not worked recently.
There had been prior scrapes with the law, including a domestic assault case in 2006 in which he fled from police and was found by a police dog hiding on Brooksby Farm in Peabody; and another, also in Peabody, in 2007, when he was charged with assault and hospitalized for acute intoxication.
Then, in February, Kehoe was arrested on more serious charges of kidnapping and home invasion by police in South Boston. According to the Suffolk district attorney’s office, Kehoe and another man forced their way into an apartment on Old Colony Avenue on Feb. 23 and robbed the 60-year-old resident of cash, prescription drugs and a bottle of alcohol.
Prosecutors in that case had asked that Kehoe be held on $25,000 bail, but he was released on $750 bail.
On June 16, he was arrested again, on charges that include resisting arrest, after allegedly getting into a confrontation with police and firefighters who had been called to his Danvers apartment to provide medical aid.