Man charged with shooting at police during Boston protests to plead guilty

John Boampong became upset and opened fire after police told him to move his car away from the area, authorities said.

Protesters confronted a row of police officers at the conclusion of a demonstration in Boston last June.
Protesters confronted a row of police officers at the conclusion of a demonstration in Boston last June. –JOSEPH PREZIOSO/AFP via Getty Images

BOSTON (AP) — A Boston man authorities say shot at police officers during a demonstration in the city to protest the killing of George Floyd has agreed to plead guilty to federal charges, federal prosecutors say.

John Boampong, 37, will plead guilty to interfering with a law enforcement officer during the commission of a civil disorder; receipt of a firearm by a person under indictment for a felony offense; and assaulting, resisting, or impeding officers, according to a statement from the office of U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts, Andrew Lelling.

He faces from 3 1/2 to more than five years in prison according to terms of a plea deal. A hearing date has not been scheduled.

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An email was sent to Boampong’s federal public defender.

The shooting took place in the early morning hours of June 1 when what started as peaceful protests turned violent. No one was hurt.

“John Boampong incited panic downtown after he fired 11 rounds in the direction of police officers and civilians, with a firearm he was not allowed to carry,” FBI Boston special agent in charge Joseph Bonavolonta said in a statement.

Boampong became upset and opened fire after police told him to move his car away from the area, authorities said.

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