Man charged with Yarmouth officer’s murder texted ex-girlfriend following shooting

“I killed a cop.”

This photo provided by the Yarmouth Police Department shows Tom Latanowich, of Somerville, Mass. A K-9 officer has been shot and killed while serving a warrant at a Massachusetts home. Latanowich was taken into custody after a standoff with police. Authorities say he will be charged with murder. (Yarmouth Police Department via AP)
Thomas Latanowich. –Yarmouth Police Department via AP

The man who allegedly shot and killed Yarmouth Police Sgt. Sean Gannon sent a series of text and voicemail messages to his ex-girlfriend in the moments after the shooting took place in April, the Cape Cod Times reports.

A state police report obtained by the Times Wednesday revealed Thomas Latanowich, 29, said in a voicemail for Krystal Bearse, “I shot a cop… I killed a cop.”

The new information released in the previously impounded court documents comes after the Cape & Islands District Attorney’s office shared details of the fatal shooting last week.

Authorities say Gannon along with officers from several other departments had arrived at the home in Marstons Mills on April 12 to serve an arrest warrant for Latanowich. The Times reports that a confidential informant told Yarmouth officers that the Somerville man was inside the house on Blueberry Lane. It was during a second search of the attic at the home that Gannon — and his K-9 partner Nero — were shot.


According to the Times, after officers withdrew from the home to set up a perimeter, Latanowich remained barricaded inside and repeatedly called and texted Bearse.

“I’m taking as many as I can,” he wrote in a text message at 3:40 p.m., according to the Times.

The newspaper reports that Bearse told authorities she advised her ex-boyfriend to do the right thing.

Bearse was later asked to come to the scene to help officers get Latanowich out of the house after he made contact with the police and told them he wanted to talk to his ex-girlfriend, according to the Times.

Latanowich was arrested and has been charged with Gannon’s murder and mistreating a police dog.

Read the full report at the Times.


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