A man in an attempted armed robbery was shot and killed by police Monday morning in Lynn, Massachusetts, according to the Essex County District Attorney's Office.
Lynn Police say the incident began at the Gulf gas station at the corner of Lynnway and Commercial Street around 4 a.m. The clerk told police a man had tried to rob the store with a firearm.
Chief Kevin Coppinger says officers confronted the man near the Honey Dew up the street shortly after he violently struggled with the gas station clerk.
"The individual had his hands in his pockets, the officers ordered him to show his hands, he refused to do so, continued to come at the officers, they moved back, tried to create distance, eventually one of the officers fired his weapon," Lynn Police Chief Kevin Coppinger said.
The suspect was transported to Massachusetts General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. He was later identified as 41-year-old Michael McInnis, of Malden.
The officers were brought to Lynn Union Hospital, per protocol, but they were uninjured. The clerk was also not hurt.
"He's OK," Coppinger said of the clerk. "He's shaken up, but he's OK. He's being interviewed by the officers."
"I feel bad for them and I know the whole entire staff are scared now for what happened," said Dani Joumaa who manages the Shell station across the street.
Joumaa says police need to do more to prevent crimes like this from happening.
"There should be like more police on the roads, especially overnight around business places that open to service customers," said Joumaa.
Some Lynn residents told necn crime has increased in recent years and they believe police made the right choice to use deadly force.
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"They have to save their own lives," said Maria Echavarria.
"It definitely should be investigated, but I'm sure he had to do what he had to do," added Joe Vianchi.
necn has confirmed with police and the Middlesex District Attorney's Office that McInnis has a long criminal record, including taking part in a 2010 robbery where a grandmother tried to stop him.
Police said the officer that fired the shots as well as two other officers who responded, are on paid administrative leave pending an investigation.