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3 killed in Cambridge; ex-officer sought

By Derek J. Anderson, Taylor M. Miles and and Matt Byrne
Globe Correspondents / December 10, 2011
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Three people were shot and killed in what police believe was a domestic dispute shortly before 7 last night in Cambridge, Cambridge police said.

The shootings occurred on Grove Street, and it appears that the victims were shot “as part of a domestic altercation,’’ said Dan Riviello, spokesman for the Cambridge Police Department.

Middlesex District Attorney Gerald T. Leone Jr. said last night that police were seeking John Brosnahan, 68, a retired Bedford police officer. He has lived at 161 Grove St., for several years and is considered dangerous.

Leone said that three adults were found dead in the house with evidence of gunshot wounds and that authorities were confident that it was an instance of domestic violence. Police responded to the scene at 6:40 p.m. Brosnahan’s relationship to the victims was not revealed by authorities last night.

At the scene last night, a woman came to a residence, spoke with police, and then began to cry hysterically.

Another woman who was standing in front of the crime scene, who would not provide her name, said she was with the brother of the woman who owns the house.

“All we know is that somebody got shot,’’ she said. “We don’t know that it is her husband.’’

Vincent Borelli, 71, who lives on Lawrence Street and has lived in Cambridge for 55 years, said his daughter-in-law called him and said something was going on. He decided to come to Grove Street because he said he knew the family.

Borelli described them as “nice people.’’

“I think the father passed away not too long ago, a couple years ago,’’ he said.

Borelli said he had not heard of any domestic issues in the household.

Trina Ott, who lives close by on Dalton Road, said she went outside to walk her dog, heard sirens, and decided to head toward the scene.

At one point, she said, she saw about 19 police officers outside 161 Grove St. along with numerous emergency vehicles and firetrucks.

“Slowly the rescue vehicles left, and they didn’t put anyone in them, not that I saw anyway,’’ said Ott.

She said she did not know the family and never saw them outside. “I thought it was interesting that there were so many police officers,’’ she said.

“That’s what made me realize something was not right. Either it’s a major deal or there is another police officer involved.’’

Ann Reynolds, who lives close by on Fairview Avenue, stood across the street from the home with her 11-year-old son and said she was surprised by what had happened.

“It is a really quiet area, although it is Cambridge,’’ she said. Reynolds said the area was very expensive and exclusive.

Cambridge police, State Police, and the Middlesex district attorney’s office responded to the scene, said Riviello. No further information was available.

Derek J. Anderson can be reached at derek.anderson@globe.com. Taylor M. Miles can be reached at tmiles@globe.com. Matt Byrne can be reached at mbyrne.globe@gmail.com.

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