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Friday, February 22, 2019

Statement of Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins On the Feb. 22, 2019, Fatal Police-Involved Shooting on Gerard Street in Roxbury

Statement of Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins
On the Feb. 22, 2019, Fatal Police-Involved Shooting on Gerard Street in Roxbury

BOSTON, Feb. 22, 2019—Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins today made the following statement to the community on this morning’s fatal shooting involving a Boston Police officer:

“Any loss of life is tragic and this morning’s events on Gerard Street are no exception.  I want to express my relief that the injured officer is expected to survive.  I hope for his full recovery, and my thoughts are with his family at home and his brothers and sisters in law enforcement.  I also want to express my deep sadness and sympathies for the family and loved ones of the man whose life was lost.  They, too, are undoubtedly in shock at circumstances beyond their control.
“I want to assure the people of Boston and Suffolk County that I will be conducting an independent investigation into this incident and it will be full, fair, thorough, and impartial.  If anyone in the community has information on this incident they haven’t yet disclosed, they can feel safe bringing it to my attention.
“In these early stages, I have assigned First Assistant District Attorney Daniel Mulhern to handle this investigation and report directly to me.  As my direct representative, ADA Mulhern responded to the scene last night and has updated me regularly throughout the early morning hours, as has Commissioner Gross.  I spoke with the Commissioner immediately after the shooting and we have communicated several times since then.
“By statute, this investigation and all decisions stemming from it rest exclusively with me, the District Attorney, independent of any other agency or individual.  I pledge to base any decision I make exclusively on the facts, the evidence, and the law, and again I offer my prayers and condolences to both families impacted by this shooting.” 

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