• Boston officer hurt in gun confrontation; weapon turns out to be pellet gun

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    BOSTON (MyFoxBoston.com) — Police say a Boston officer has been injured following a confrontation with a 54-year-old man armed with what turned out to be a pellet gun.

    Authorities say state troopers and city officers responded to a 911 call at about 9 p.m. Wednesday for reports of a man with a gun on East 8th Street in South Boston.

    Police say the man, later identified as Kenneth Connelly, did not comply with repeated requests to show his hands, and instead raised a weapon and fired.

    At least one officer returned fire, striking Connelly.

    Police say Connelly was taken to a hospital in critical condition.

    One Boston officer was struck by a pellet.

    Police recovered two pellet guns in the area.

    The Suffolk district attorney's office is investigating the use of force.

    The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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