A former performing New Bedford hearth chief was killed in an officer-involved capturing Friday night following an altercation at a Fairhaven bar.
Paul Coderre, 55, of Dartmouth, was shot throughout a standoff with police round 5 p.m. exterior the Bayside Lounge in Fairhaven, Bristol County District Lawyer Thomas M. Quinn III introduced.
Fairhaven police responded to the bar, situated on Sconticut Neck Street, after patrons referred to as 911 to report a “severely intoxicated male” concerned in an altercation.
In keeping with Quinn’s workplace, a preliminary investigation reveals that Coderre allegedly had been ingesting with buddies for a number of hours earlier than stepping into an argument on the bar. Coderre then left and was making an attempt to get into his automobile when one other individual tried to cease him from driving. At that time, Coderre allegedly acquired right into a bodily altercation within the parking zone close to his automobile.
When police arrived on the scene, they are saying Coderre was allegedly armed with a firearm. At that time, mutual help from Acushnet and Mattapoiset arrived to help Fairhaven police.
Quinn mentioned officers tried to de-escalate the scenario and made a number of non-lethal makes an attempt, together with the usage of a Taser, to subdue Coderre earlier than he allegedly fired his handgun on the officers. Police then returned hearth, killing Coderre, based on officers.
An Acushnet police officer was shot within the leg through the incident and was transported to Saint Luke’s Hospital in New Bedford, the place he was handled and later launched.
Quinn remarked on the hazards police face on the job.
“I might say that this highlights the hazards that law enforcement officials face on daily basis when responding to these kinds of conditions, particularly with the potential for violence. Particular person possession of firearms definitely places their lives at risk,” Quinn mentioned at a press convention.
“Plainly an increasing number of, there are these deadly conditions that police are confronted with. There are such a lot of weapons out on the road, and [police] don’t know what they’re strolling in with after they’re introduced to those calls,” Quinn mentioned.
In a submit on the social media platform X, New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell mentioned, “This night’s deadly capturing in Fairhaven was tragic in each sense. I’m relieved that the officer who was injured will make a full restoration, and that nobody else was significantly damage.”
Quinn mentioned the investigation is ongoing.
In keeping with a Boston Globe report, Coderre was fired from his job as performing hearth chief in January 2022 resulting from allegations that he had abused the hearth division’s depart coverage and lied about job-related accidents.
Coderre appealed his dismissal to the state’s Civil Service Fee. Final month, the board overturned the termination after discovering town did not show its allegations.
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