Man shot by Plymouth police officer after he allegedly lunges with knife

A man is recovering from a gunshot wound today after he allegedly lunged at a Plymouth police officer with a knife Thursday night and was shot in the torso, officials said.

The 50-year-old homeless man, whose name has not yet been released, was transported with injuries that were not considered life-threatening to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Plymouth, according to Plymouth Police Chief Michael Botieri.

He was later taken to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. He faces a charge of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

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Chief Botieri said officers were dispatched to the downtown area around 5:45 p.m. to investigate reports that a person in the area was making suicidal threats.

Arriving officers encountered the man, who was carrying a knife and making suicidal statements, the chief said.

As the officers drew closer to the man, he allegedly lunged at a police officer with the knife, and the officer “fired one round, striking [him] in the torso,” Botieri said.