2 p.m. UPDATE: Identity of man killed during roadside confrontation is Wilfredo Justiniano Jr. of Acushnet Avenue in New Bedford.
QUINCY, Mass. (AP) - A 41-year-old man was shot and killed Friday by a veteran state trooper responding to a report of an erratic driver who may have had a medical emergency, state police said.
The man and the 25-year veteran officer were involved in a "violent confrontation" just after 8 a.m. on Route 28 in Quincy, prompting the trooper to fire his gun, said Col. Timothy Alben.
"The suspect was subsequently taken to Milton Hospital and was pronounced dead there," Alben said.
The victim's name was not released, but he is from the New Bedford area, Alben said. Police did not say whether the man had a weapon.
Although the man's vehicle had stopped, Alben did not say whether he was inside or outside at the time of the shooting.
The trooper's name was not released, but he has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation.
The episode started after a woman called Milton police to report that another motorist was apparently having some sort of medical emergency and driving erratically. Milton police forwarded the call to state police.
Investigators still are trying to piece together what happened.
"A good number of witnesses are being interviewed," said Norfolk District Attorney Michael Morrissey, whose office is investigating.
The ramps from Interstate 93 to Route 28 were closed to traffic during the investigation.
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