Police Shoot Hopedale Man Who Was Allegedly Brandishing Knife

Police shot and wounded a man in a Hopedale home last night after he threatened to harm himself and others with a knife, according to Worcester County District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr.

Police said two women were also rescued from the Larkin Lane home during the incident.

The suspect, identified as Harvey Bennett Hubbard, 61, of 16 Larkin Lane, was shot twice in the abdomen, according to police. He was reportedly n stable condition at the UMass Memorial Hospital in Worcester.

The women, who had barricaded themselves for safety inside a second-story bedroom, climbed out a window and down a Hopedale Fire Department ladder. They were not injured.

Police responded to the home at 8:43 p.m. Friday on a report of an intoxicated man armed with a knife making threats to harm himself.

"The officers encountered a visibly distraught Mr. Hubbard who was behaving in a threatening manner and threatened to stab the officers," police said.

The Central Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council Swat Team and Massachusetts State Police K9 arrived on scene to assist. After negotiation attempts broke down, police said they entered the residence and an officer fired two rounds, striking the suspect in the abdomen, according to police.

State Police Detectives assigned to the Worcester County District Attorney’s Office along with members of State Police Crime Scene Services, State Police Firearms Identification Section, Crime Lab and Hopedale Police processed the scene, interviewed witnesses and collected evidence.

The case remains under investigation.

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