The MIT police officer was responding to a report of a disturbance in the area when he was found with “multiple gunshot wounds,” the Middlesex County District Attorney Attorney’s office said in a press release on their website.
The officer, who was not immediately identified, was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead from his wounds.
The Massachusetts State Police and Cambridge police are investigating and there are no other injuries reported, according to the release.
No arrests have been made.
The incident occurred at 10:48 p.m. near Ray and Maria Stata Center on the MIT campus and the “situation is still very active,” the university warned on their website.
“Responding agencies are actively investigating the situation, which remains very fluid at this time. Police continue to sweep the campus. Stay indoors and remain inside until further notice,” the university said on their website at 12:21 a.m.
An earlier alert on MIT’s website described the situation as “extremely dangerous.”
MIT is located in Cambridge, Mass., which lies directly across the Charles River from the city of Boston.