Massachusetts officers kill man, find woman stabbed to death

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WEYMOUTH, Mass. (AP) — Two police officers fatally shot an agitated man armed with at least one knife early Monday morning before finding his mother stabbed to death on the front steps of their home, authorities said.

Police and an ambulance crew were called shortly after 1 a.m. to a home in Weymouth, south of Boston, on a report of someone needing assistance and were confronted by 49-year-old Paul Campbell, according to the Norfolk district attorney’s office.

Both officers decided simultaneously that deadly force was necessary and opened fire on Campbell, who was brought to South Shore Hospital and pronounced dead, the prosecutor’s office said in a statement.

Police and paramedics then found the body of Patricia Campbell, 72, on the front steps of the home she shared with her son, authorities said. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Officials said there was evidence that Patricia Campbell was stabbed. The medical examiner’s office was to perform an autopsy.

Police and the prosecutor’s office said the investigation was continuing.

“There is no such thing as a routine call,” Weymouth Police Chief Richard Grimes said Monday. “Situations like this illustrate that.”

The names of the two officers haven’t been released. Officials said both were evaluated at a hospital and placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation, under normal post-shooting protocols. Officials said both officers have been on the force for about 10 years.

The district attorney’s office said Weymouth police reported that they had responded to the Campbells’ home three times in recent years, all for medical calls.Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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