District attorney: Springfield officer justified in fatally shooting knife-wielding suspect


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SPRINGFIELD, Massachusetts — An investigation by the Hampden district attorney's office has determined that a Springfield police officer was justified in fatally shooting a man who refused to drop a kitchen knife he used to threaten officers.

District Attorney James Orenstein in a decision released Monday said Officer Jameson Williams shot and killed David Kingsbury on June 26 in self-defense.

The report says Kingsbury was holding an 11½-inch knife with a 7½-inch blade as he advanced toward Williams and his partner in the narrow hallway of his apartment building, refusing orders to drop the weapon.

Williams fired four times, striking Kingsbury twice.

Officers went to Kingsbury's apartment after neighbors complained of his erratic behavior. He had a history of mental illness and an autopsy showed antidepressant medication, marijuana and alcohol in his system.

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