BOSTON — Police shot and killed a person following a confrontation outside a prominent Boston hospital on Friday that also left a hospital employee critically injured, authorities said.
Boston Police Superintendent-in-Chief Gregory Long said officers responded to reports of a man with a gun outside Brigham and Women’s Hospital sometime after 9 a.m.
He said police confronted the man, who pulled out what appeared to be a firearm and refused orders to drop it.
Officers opened fire, and at some point, a hospital parking attendant was shot, Long said. That man, who is about 50 years old, is in critical condition.
Long said it’s not clear whether the valet was shot by the suspect or hit in the crossfire. He said it’s also not clear whether the suspect had fired a shot and it’s not clear what kind of firearm he had.
Authorities did not provide a name for the man killed by police or that of the injured attendant.
“The investigation is very active and fluid,” Long said, adding that police are seeking witnesses, especially those with video recordings of the incident.
“We’re working through it.”
He said the suspect at one point assaulted one of the officers before jumping into a car and fleeing. With police in pursuit, the suspect crashed the car about three miles away in the town of Brookline, according to Long.
Officers again repeatedly demanded the suspect to drop what they believed was a gun before again opening fire, Long said. He died at Beth Israel Hospital, also in Boston.
Norfolk District Attorney’ Michael Morrissey’s office said it’s investigating the incident.
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said he hoped for a “speedy recovery” for the shooting victim, and credited police and hospital officials for their quick response to the “unfortunate incident.”
“A lot of people placed their lives on the line,” he said. “There was a lot of danger out there.”
The shooting prompted a brief lockdown of the hospital, where in 2015 a cardiac surgeon was fatally shot by a man who then killed himself. That incident prompted hospitals across the region to revamp their security protocols.
Police stressed Friday’s shooting is believed to be an isolated incident and that there is no threat to the public.
But they warned people to avoid the area through Friday evening as it remains an active crime scene.