Report: Police Officers Killed Man As He Lunged At Them With A Knife

Jul 7, 2015

Body cameras recorded the scene as two Haverhill police officers shot and killed a Canterbury man Monday in Bath,  according to a statement from the attorney general’s office.

The man, identified as Hagen Esty-Lennon, 42, was hit six times in the head and torso, according to Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Thomas Andrew.

The statement said Esty-Lennon crashed his vehicle about 4 p.m. on an abandoned bridge at the intersection of U.S. Route 302 and Route 112.

Medical personnel arrived and told police the driver had a knife.

The officers, whose names were not released, met Esty-Lennon as he was walking on U.S. 302. The statement said video from the body cameras shows this:

“Mr. Esty-Lennon was holding a knife and appeared to be bleeding from his chest as he walked toward the officers. The  officers ordered Mr. Esty-Lennon to drop the knife and to stop his progression toward them.

“The officers had their weapons drawn at that juncture. However, Mr. Esty-Lennon ignored these repeated commands, and instead turned away from the officers. He then quickly turned back toward the officers, lunging at the officers with the knife in his hand. The officers then fired their weapons in response.”

The investigation is continuing, according to the statement and the video was not available.