EASTON, Mass. (WPRI) — An investigation is underway after a woman died following a standoff with police in Easton Sunday morning.
Officers responded to a well-being check on Spooner Street around 11:30 a.m. after a family member reported that their loved one was threatening to harm herself, according to Easton Police Chief Keith Boone.
Upon arrival, Boone said officers found a 56-year-old woman with a weapon. Everyone else inside the home was evacuated.
Boone said the woman eventually approached the front door of the home while holding the weapon. An Easton officer, who Boone said feared for their safety, then shot at the woman.
She retreated back into the house and negotiators made several attempts to reach her by phone.
Authorities then entered the home and found the woman dead. Her name has not been released.
The officer involved in the shooting has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation per department policy, according to Boone.
The Bristol County District Attorney’s Office and the Massachusetts State Police will lead the investigation.
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