Dartmouth man charged in connection with officer-involved shooting

Dartmouth Police are now investigating a police-involved shooting. 

Around 4 p.m. Sunday, Dartmouth Police were called to Dartmouth Street for a report of a domestic violence incident between a;mother and her son, identified as 23-year-old Ryan Kuphal. 

While police were on their way to the home, Kuphal drove away in his mother’s vehicle, police said. Officers eventually located Kuphal a short time later outside a home on Bush Street in South Dartmouth. 

According to a preliminary investigation, Kuphal allegedly charged at officer while armed with a knife. 

Police said a non-lethal taser was deployed by an officer, but the taser was not successful in disabling Kuphal. After continuing to charge at the officers, one officer fired his weapon and struck Kuphal once. 

Kuphal was rushed to Rhode Island Hospital where he is in serious but stable condition. 

Kuphal has been charged with domestic assault and battery, use of a car without authority, larceny $250, unarmed robbery of a person over 60 years old and unarmed carjacking. 

Since Kuphal is currently in Rhode Island, where he must first be arraigned as a fugitive from justice in that state and waive rendition before being returned to Massachusetts for arraignment on the charges. It is unclear when that will happen. 

When he is returned to Massachusetts, he will be arraigned in New Bedford District Court. 

The Dartmouth Police Chief says the officer was justified in the shooting. 

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