The murder victim and the man who committed suicide after shooting a Brockton cop have been identified
“The responding Brockton officers came under fire from the second floor window of 62 Taber and one officer was shot several times,” Cruz wrote in the statement. “The officer was rushed to Boston Medical Center for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.”
City of Brockton officials, in a post on the city’s Facebook account, wrote that the officer was released from Boston Medical Center on Friday.
“The Town of Brockton is pleased to announce that the Brockton Patrol Officer injured last night was released from the hospital earlier this morning. Mayor Robert Sullivan, City Clerk Tim Cruise and other City Hall staff greeted the officer, who was in good spirits, ”the announcement read. “They thanked him for his service and wished him good luck. The town is also grateful to the Brockton Police Department, including the State Police, and the ATF who assisted each other in the incident last night.
The officer’s name was not disclosed by the city or Cruz’s office.
Cruz did not identify a motive for Serpa’s alleged murder of Gomes, except to note that “it does not appear to be an act of random violence”.
Cruz summed up the events that unfolded over several hours Thursday on Taber Avenue, a neighborhood a few blocks from the city’s suburban train station. He said that after shooting Gomes, Serpa retreated to 62 Taber Avenue, where he lived, opened fire on the police, then barricaded himself inside the building.
Serpa “remained cloistered for several hours. Brockton Police contacted Massachusetts State Police, including the Massachusetts State Police STOP team and MSP crisis negotiators, and an investigation ensued, ”Cruz wrote. . “A perimeter has been set up in the densely populated district. State Police and Brockton Police were in constant contact and negotiated with the barricaded Serpa overnight. At around 9:30 p.m. Serpa came out of the house and shot himself outside. He was taken to the Good Samaritan Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 10:02 p.m.
The police were then able to recover Gomes’ body.
The murder and suicide investigation is ongoing, according to Cruz.
The officer, a man in his thirties, was taken by ambulance to Boston Medical Center escorted by state and local police through heavy rush-hour traffic on Interstate 93. The officer suffered scraped wounds on the hand and leg.
At around 9 p.m., police asked passers-by to walk down Taber Avenue, further from the home where the suspect was barricaded. They asked the public to stay off the streets for their own safety, as other police arrived at the scene.
You could hear a negotiator say to the shooter, “You will feel much better if you go to the hospital.”
At around 9:15 p.m., the man could be seen on the porch of the house. According to Cruz, he seems to have shot himself around 9:30 p.m. outside the house. He was taken to Brockton Hospital where he was pronounced dead after 10 p.m., Cruz said.
Police robots were sent inside the house to make sure there were no explosives, Cruz said.
Cruz stated that he did not believe that someone was shot by an officer.
Mayor Robert Sullivan also praised the response from police and “the brave individual who took four shots tonight”.
“We are very grateful. We hope he will recover quickly, ”Sullivan said.
The sound of gunfire and intense police activity disrupted the residential area located a few blocks from the commuter train station. As law enforcement arrived, the massive police presence spanned several blocks around Taber Avenue.
Carlin LaPlante heard about 10 shots being fired outside her home, she said.
LaPlante was on leave Thursday and having dinner in his pajamas when “we heard about six or seven gunshots, and then maybe four or five after,” she said.
LaPlante said she’s used to the risks of living in Brockton. “I wear pepper spray and have a German Shepherd,” she said.
Alma, who declined to give her last name, said she lived nearby on Court Street, heard the shots and was out.
“I have to congratulate the police on arriving so quickly,” she said, standing on Court Street. Of the violence in this neighborhood, she said, “It happens. It happens. Brockton is, you know, Brockton.
“I have a friend who lives on this street,” said Alma. “She is very worried. She has a child with special needs who is in a wheelchair so she can’t even get out of the house.
Elements of previous Globe reporting by Hiawatha Bray, Jeremy C. Fox and Katie Redefer have been used in this report. This story will be updated.