New, exclusive video shows Mass. State Troopers justified actions before firing gun, killing a man

New video shows trooper’s justified actions in shooting

An exclusive video shows the multiple actions a Massachusetts State Trooper took before pulling the trigger on a man who wanted to die by suicide by cop.

The Berkshire County District Attorney’s office cleared the trooper last year, saying the shooting was justified.

13Investigates obtained cruiser camera video of the incident under the Freedom of Information Law. For the first time, we’re seeing the trooper who responded.

Trooper William Munch walks up to the home on Richmond Road in Hancock, MA; looking around and knocking on the front door before he decides to open the garage door.

There, he finds Phillip Henault and pulls out his gun.

The Berkshire County DA’s office previously released body camera video and 911 calls from this shooting.

Henault lied to 911 operators to get police to come to his home, according to the district attorney’s office.

When Trooper Munch found Henault in the garage, he was covered in blood and holding two knives.
The DA’s office previously told 13Investigates Henault said, “I’m going to kill someone” and “Shoot me.”

Trooper Munch steps outside, and Henault follows him with the weapons in his hands. Munch repeatedly tells him to stop and drop the knives.

Henault never does, and Trooper Munch eventually shoots him twice before he dies.

In the new cruiser camera video, we now see other officers responding to the scene minutes after the shooting.

Trooper Munch was “reasonable and justified” in his actions to pull the trigger, the district attorney’s office said. Trooper Munch did not face any charges.