Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins asked for “patience and calm” from the public on Tuesday in a statement on the fatal shooting of a 19-year-old man by Boston police earlier this week.
Boston police said officers were responding to reports of gunfire at a Dorchester park on Monday evening when they saw two people fleeing the area. The officers pursued one of the suspects, who they observed with a gun, on their bicycles and then on foot. Police said the 19-year-old fired at the officers after being told to drop the weapon and officers returned fire. The man was pronounced dead at the scene.
On Tuesday, Rollins said in the statement that the Discharge Integrity Team in her office is conducting a “transparent review” of the shooting and that the findings would be made public:
“The sequence of events last evening that began with a shooting in a crowded park in the Fields Corner section of Dorchester and ended with a loss of life on Penhallow Street has left the city shaken.
“I am thankful for the immediate response of the Boston Police Department and that none of those officers were injured. I would be remiss if I did not thank the many witnesses from the community who came forward to aid investigators at the scene. If there is anyone in the community with additional information, please bring that to my office directly.
“I also acknowledge that a family has lost its loved one; to them, I express my sympathy. As your District Attorney, it is my office that holds exclusive jurisdiction over any death investigation, including police-involved shootings. I assure that family, members of law enforcement, and this community that there will be a complete, impartial, and transparent review by my Discharge Integrity Team, and we will make our findings available to the public. As we lead our independent investigation into the events that unfolded yesterday, we ask for patience and calm; violence or the threat thereof have no place in our community.”