Authorities have released the identity of the Adams man who died Wednesday afternoon when a neighbor intervened in a dog attack.

According to a release from the Berkshire District Attorney's office, Adams Police received multiple 911 calls just after Noon Wednesday for a reported mauling in progress on Bellevue Avenue. Responding officers and a K9 Unit found "two mature male pitbull dogs – both with a history of being aggressive - engaging in a volatile confrontation." When the dogs turned the attack onto the officers , the release said they "used their service weapons to neutralize the animals."

After securing the scene, investigators found the body of one adult with a fatal crossbow injury inside the apartment and an unharmed child in a nearby room.

The Berkshire District Attorney's office on Thursday identified the victim as 27 year old Joshua Jadusingh.

Investigators currently believe a neighbor heard the commotion, called police, and then went into the apartment. They say the neighbor got a crossbow and shot at the dogs. The arrow struck one of the dogs, went through a door, and then struck Jadusingh as he was attempting to barricade himself from the attack. Early indications are that the death is accidental and the neighbor is cooperating with authorities.

 

The State Police Detective Unit assigned to the Berkshire District Attorney’s Office, Mass.State Police Crime Scene Service Section, forensic scientists from the Mass. State Police Crime Lab, Mass. State Police Firearm Identification Section, Adams Animal Control, Adams Police, The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner and the Berkshire District Attorney’s Office responded to the scene and will perform a full investigation.