24-Year-Old Man Identified Who Crashed into Leicester PD

 by TWIW StaffMay 9, 2021

Update May 10

Worcester County District Attorney Joe Early Jr.'s office released the name of Zachary Richardson, 24, of Leicester as the man killed Sunday, May 9, after driving an SUV into the Leicester Police Station and reportedly pointing a firearm at police officers.

Previous updates of this story are below.


According to Worcester County District Attorney Joe Early Jr., and Leicester Police Chief Kenneth Antanavica, a man drove an SUV into the front doors of the Leicester Police Department and brandished what appeared to be a rifle shortly after 6 AM on Sunday, May 9.

Police shot the man, described as Caucasian and in his 20s.  The suspect was rendered medical attention and was taken by ambulance to Saint Vincent Hospital where he was declared dead.

Early said no other injuries occurred. He also said authorities will not release the name of the man at this time.

The man dove the SUV up the handicapped ramp to the front doors of the police station and rammed the doors several times. Almost the entire vehicle was within the front doors of the station, according to Antanavica.

Personnel at the Worcester Emergency Communications Center saw the man drive the vehicle into the doors on video in real time and reported the incident to Leicester Police.

As two Leicester Police Officers arrived at the scene, the man allegedly exited the vehicle and pointed what appeared to be a rifle at the officers, causing him to the shot.

Both officers are on administrative leave pending an investigation by the Massachusetts State Police.

Early said the Leicester Police knew of the man and that he had a pending court date on June 1 related to a traffic violation.

Early did not comment on a motive the man had for the incident.

The original story appears below.

LEICESTER - Worcester County District Attorney Joe Early Jr.’s office reports a police-involved shooting at the Leicester Police Department during the morning of Sunday, May 9.

According to Spectrum News 1, a driver crashed a vehicle into the police station and was shot by police.

Both sides of South Main St. in Leicester are closed as police conduct their investigation.

As more details become available, updates will appear on this page.

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