Fitchburg Police Shoot, Wound Man Armed with Knife

February 21, 2015

Feb. 21, 2015

For Immediate Release

Contact: Paul Jarvey

508-735-2981

FITCHBURG – Fitchburg Police shot and wounded a man who had attacked another man with a knife last night on Pearl Hill Road, according to Worcester County District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr.

Fitchburg Police responded to a 911 call at about 10: 45 p.m. from 620 Pearl Hill Road. The caller reported that a man armed with a knife was attacking him. Upon arrival, two police officers were confronted by the man wielding the knife. The attacker continued to charge the officers despite their orders for him to drop the weapon. After several orders to disarm went unheeded, they fired several rounds, striking the man.

Richard Hurley, 26, of 218 6th Street, apt.2, Leominster was transported to Leominster Hospital and later transferred to the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in Worcester. He suffered several gunshot wounds and was being treated in the intensive care unit this afternoon.

Kevin Cormier, 44, of 620 Pearl Hill Road, the victim of the knife attack, had a wound to a hand. He also was transported to Leominster Hospital and later transferred to the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in Worcester.

Police believe the knife attack was an isolated incident and residents are not in danger.

The names of the officers are being withheld at this time. They have been placed on administrative leave.

State Police Detectives assigned to the Worcester County District Attorney’s Office are continuing to investigate. The detectives are being assisted by State Police Crime Scene Services Section, State Police Firearms Identification Section, and chemists assigned to the State Police Crime Laboratory.