Cape Cod man shot after crashing truck, approaching police officer with knife

Cape Cod man shot after crashing truck, approaching police officer with knife

FRYEBURG, Maine (AP) — A Massachusetts motorist who led police on a chase across two states was fatally shot after crashing in Maine and exiting the van with a knife, police said Wednesday.

Kenneth Ellis, 52, left his disabled pickup truck with a knife on Main Street and approached a Fryeburg police officer who fired his gun Tuesday night, officials said.

Ellis, whose last known address was in Hyannis, Massachusetts, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The police chase began in New Hampshire and ended when Ellis’ truck struck several vehicles before crashing into a snowbank across the border in Fryeburg.

An Oxford County deputy involved in the chase was injured in a collision with another vehicle, but his injuries were not believed to be life-threatening, officials said.

The attorney general’s office is investigating, as it does in all cases where police officers use deadly force in Maine.

The officer who discharged his weapon was placed on paid administrative leave, which is customary in such cases.

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