For Immediate Release - August 23, 2013

DA Blodgett Promises Thorough Investigation of Police-Involved Fatal Shooting

While investigating an alleged assault and attempting to serve existing trial court warrants, five Danvers Police officers and one Massachusetts State Police Trooper were confronted by Scott Kehoe, 37, of 5113 Kirkbride Drive, Danvers, who was armed with a knife.  The preliminary evidence suggests that as Kehoe approached officers, he made repeated attempts to stab the officers.  Officers repeatedly instructed Kehoe to drop the knife, however, Kehoe eluded capture and lunged toward an officer.  At this point, officers deployed lethal force to stop Kehoe.   Danvers Police Officers, assisted by Danvers Firefighters, immediately provided medical treatment.  He was transported to Beverly Hospital where he was pronounced dead.  The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will conduct an autopsy.

The Essex District Attorney’s Office will conduct a full and impartial review of last evening’s police-involved shooting, a standard procedure for the use of fatal force in Essex County.   “The community can count on a thorough investigation by our office,” District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett said. “In all cases of use of fatal force, transparency is critical.  As we have in prior investigations of police-involved shootings, community stakeholders and members of the media will have the opportunity to review our written findings when the probe is complete.”