“New Bedford Police were conducting a wellness check on a suicidal man when shots were suddenly fired.
‘At 11pm on July 2, patrol units arrived at the apartments in ‘King Village East’ to check on the welfare of a tenant who had made suicide threats. Numerous attempts to contact the man were unsuccessful, however, management quickly arrived on the scene to unlock the door.
As police entered the apartment, a shot was fired which passed through several walls and nearly hit the officers present. As the officers took cover, a second shot rang out. Tenants in surrounding apartments were evacuated and a call was made to activate the South-Eastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council (SEMLEC) Special Response Team, which includes NBPD officers. The team used a robot to break through the doors of the apartment and carry out a reconnaissance. While doing so, it was learned that the tenant had died of what appears to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
New Bedford Police Detectives and Massachusetts State Police Detectives assigned to CPAC are further investigating the incident.
“I am grateful that all officers who responded to the call last night are safe. This incident is an example of the dangers police officers routinely face when called upon to navigate extremely volatile situations.” – Chief Paul Oliveira.