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Man With Hatchet Shot by Police in Brockton

A witness reportedly saw a man with a hatchet before the shooting, though police have yet to confirm that information

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    Tense Moments Before Man With Hatchet Shot by Police

    Video shows the moment police fired at a man holding a hatchet in Brockton.

    (Published Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019)

    A witness recorded cellphone video of police shooting a man with a hatchet in downtown Brockton, Massachusetts.

    The shooting happened around 12:30 p.m. Wednesday in the area of 1 Main St. The man had gone into a cellphone store and was acting irrationally, according to Acting Mayor Moises Rodrigues.

    An employee at the store said the man was upset about returning a phone.

    "He pulled out a hatchet and hit the credit card machine," the employee said.

    Police Shoot Hatchet-Wielding Man in Brockton

    [NECN] Police Shoot Hatchet-Wielding Man in Brockton

    A man authorities say was wielding a hatchet was shot by police Wednesday afternoon in Brockton, Massachusetts, when he would not drop the weapon.

    (Published Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019)

    That worker hit the panic button.

    "I grabbed the machete that we have, to try and scare him off, but he didn't care," the employee said. "Mine was bigger than his and he just challenged me to come outside."

    The employee ran out to wave down police from an outside funeral detail.

    "He's really angry, jumps up and down twice, like, provoking police, and starts rushing towards police," the employee said. "I did hear police say, 'Put your weapon down, put your weapon down, put your weapon down.'"

    "He wasn't going down, so the other officer who felt he wasn't being threatened thought, 'let's do it this way,' and that didn't work," Rodrigues said.

    The man who was shot was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital before being transferred to a hospital in the Boston area. Authorities said he underwent surgery, but his condition wasn't immediately clear.

    AERIAL: Authorities Investigate After Police-Involved Shooting in Brockton

    [NECN] AERIAL: Authorities Investigate After Police-Involved Shooting in Brockton

    NBC10 Boston's Sky Ranger was over the scene Wednesday in Brockton, Massachusetts, after sources say there was a police-involved shooting.

    (Published Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019)

    State police are investigating whether officers were justified in their response.

    "We basically try not to investigate our own just to make sure it's done in an appropriate way and to make sure it's as transparent as possible," Rodrigues said.

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