District Attorney Joe Early Jr.’s office says an armed man who was shot by Auburn police officers on Wednesday has died.
Joseph Loughery of Dublin, New Hampshire was shot by police after he ignored repeated commands by the officers to drop his weapon. Loughery was approached by officers at about 1:15 p.m. while he was sitting in a truck in the parking area of the Shell gas station located at 380 Southbridge Street in Auburn.
A report from the District Attorney’s offices says that Loughery was holding a sawed-off .22 caliber rifle. Video was captured by a witness from across the street, where officers can be heard shouting, “drop the gun.” No police officers were injured in the confrontation.
Loughery was transported to UMass Memorial Medical in Worcester where he was pronounced dead.
A relative had called police in New Hampshire on Wednesday morning requesting a welfare check on Loughery after he was reported missing. Police were able to track his cell phone to Auburn.
The officers involved in the incident have been placed on administrative leave based on department policy while the investigation continues.
The State Police Detectives assigned to the Worcester County District Attorney’s Office, State Police Crime Scene Services, State Police Firearms Identification Section, State Police Crime Lab, and Auburn Police are investigating.