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.
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.