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Man shot by SWAT team after barricaded women escape Hopedale home

A man armed with a knife was shot by a member of a SWAT team at his Hopedale home after two women were rescued from the second floor of the house Friday night, according to the Worcester district attorney’s office.

The man, Harvey Bennett Hubbard, 61, was reported to be intoxicated and making threats to harm himself when police responded to his 16 Larkin Lane home at 8:43 p.m., said Tim Connolly, a spokesman for District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr., in a statement.

Hubbard was “behaving in a threatening manner and threatened to stab the officers,” Connolly said.

The two women, who were not injured, had barricaded themselves in a second-floor bedroom of the home and escaped through a window onto a Hopedale Fire Department ladder, according to the statement. It was not immediately clear what their relationship to the man was.

After negotiations with Hubbard broke down and the women had escaped, law enforcement officers entered the house and one, a Central Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council SWAT team officer, fired two rounds, hitting Hubbard in the abdomen, Connolly said.

Hubbard was taken to UMass Memorial Hospital in Worcester, where his condition was stable, Connolly said Saturday.

The incident is under investigation.

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