Man shoots, kills neighbor with crossbow while trying to protect him from pit bulls


Stefan Geller, Boston Herald

An Adams man is dead after his neighbor fatally shot him with a crossbow on Wednesday in an attempt to save him from two attacking pit bulls, authorities said.

The victim was trying to barricade himself behind a door in his apartment on Bellevue Avenue when the neighbor heard a commotion, made his way into the apartment, then returned to his own unit to get his crossbow, the district attorney’s office said. The incident occurred shortly after noon.

Investigators said they believe the fatal bolt struck one of the pit bulls, traveled through a door and hit the man in the room where he was trying to barricade himself, the district attorney’s office said. A child was in the apartment during the incident, but was unharmed, authorities added.

The neighbor, who authorities described as a “good Samaritan,” is reportedly cooperating in the ongoing investigation. Early indications are that the man’s death was accidental.

“It is too early in the investigation to determine if there will be any charges resulting from this incident,” said Andrew McKeever, a spokesman for Berkshire District Attorney Andrea Harrington.

Neither the victim’s name nor the neighbor’s have been released, and McKeever said that investigators are still verifying the ownership of the dogs.

The pit bulls, both mature males, had a history of being aggressive and Adams Police have been involved with them in the past, authorities said.

The dogs, who authorities said were “engaging in a volatile confrontation,” also turned to attack the officers who responded to the scene, and were subsequently shot and killed.

Boston Herald Wire Services contributed to this report.

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