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Man, 20, charged with shooting off-duty Revere police officer
By Shelley Murphy, Globe Staff
A 20-year-old man was charged today with firing the fatal shot in September during an early morning confrontation with off-duty police in Revere that killed officer Dan Talbot.
Robert Iacoviello Jr., 20, was arrested on a murder charge in the Nashua Street Jail, where he was in custody on other charges, according Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley.
"We have had the luxury of being able to build a careful, methodical, thorough, exacting case against the individuals we believe are responsible for Daniel Talbot's homicide,'' Conley said said this afternoon at a press conference. “We are not done yet, however, much works remains to be done, but we are moving ever closer to finding justice for Daniel Talbot.''
Iacoviello has been in custody since Oct. 1 when police searched his home in Revere and found a 9mm handgun, according to court records. Authorities said the gun was not used in Talbot’s shooting. He was also charged with violating his probation.
Iacoviello, who will be arraigned Tuesday in Chelsea District Court, is the second person to be charged in connection with the fatal shooting behind Revere High School on Sept. 29. Derek Lodie, 17, has been charged as an accessory to murder for allegedly orchestrating and escalating the confrontation that culminated in Talbot’s death. He pleaded not guilty at his arraignment last month.
According to prosecutors, Lodie got in an argument with Talbot and other off-duty Revere police officers who had been drinking beer near the bleachers behind Revere High School. Talbot had gone to a firing range with two fellow officers, then to Margarita's restaurant, where he was joined by his 28-year-old fiancée. About 1:30 a.m., the group went to drink behind Revere High School, where they encountered Lodie.
Lodie had a "heated exchange" with Talbot's group, Conley said without describing what was said. Lodie used a cellphone to call Iacoviello and other friends, who came to the scene, Conley said.
When Talbot approached, Iacoviello allegedly shot and killed him, Conley said. Officer William Soto returned fire as Lodie and Iacoviello fled, Conley said.
The investigation is not complete and there may be more arrests. However investigators determined that the off-duty police officers did nothing wrong.
"We have developed no credible evidence that Officer Talbot or any other member of his group was engaged in any illicit activity at all behind the high school beyond the minor infraction of drinking in public," Conley said.