Leominster man shot by police arraigned at hospital

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A Leominster man shot by Fitchburg police after an altercation with his boyfriend has been held on $100,000 cash bail.

Richard Hurley was arraigned Thursday in his hospital bed on attempted murder and assault charges in connection with the Feb. 20 shooting. Not guilty pleas were entered on his behalf.

Authorities say police opened fire after the knife-wielding Hurley charged two officers and refused orders to drop the weapon.

Police were called to the home by Kevin Cormier, who alleged he had been attacked by Hurley. Hurley’s parents say the men were romantically involved.

They tell the Telegram & Gazette (http://bit.ly/1F7Ylxe ) their son underwent surgery for several bullet wounds, and they questioned the use of force.

Hurley is bi-racial, but his parents say it’s unclear whether the shooting had a racial element.

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Information from: Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, Mass.), http://www.telegram.com

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