Flanagan seeks independent investigation into gun allegations

FALL RIVER, Mass. (WPRI) — Fall River Mayor Will Flanagan is asking for an independent investigation into allegations he pulled out a gun during a private meeting with a city councilman.

Councilman Jasiel Correia said Flanagan was upset with him in August for signing a recall petition against the mayor. Correia claims Flanagan then threatened him by taking out a gun and placing it on the dashboard.

The mayor said that’s not what happened, and that the two were discussing gun ownership.

“The ball’s in his court,” Correia said after a council meeting Tuesday night. “In terms of him calling me a liar, he’s got to come out with the truth. The truth is the truth.”

Flanagan said he will ask District Attorney Sam Sutter to appoint a special prosecutor to examine the allegations. He spoke with WSAR Radio Wednesday, asking to meet with Correia and work it out.

“I’m willing to do that, and sit down the City Councilor Jasiel Correia,” he said. “I extend the olive branch to him, but if he wants to sit down with me, it’s up to him at this point.”

The councilman later joined the host in studio and dismissed the apology, saying it was not genuine.

“If the mayor wants to end this and he’s do what’s in the best interest of Fall River, he will tell the truth and admit that he’s the one in fact that is lying. That’s it. No public meeting, nothing,” Correia added.

Correia said he has met with Fall River police and he’s convinced it was a criminal threat, but at this point he doesn’t plan to press charges.

District Attorney Sutter told Eyewitness News he met with Fall River Police Chief Dan Racine Wednesday to discuss the investigation, and said he will make a decision by Friday.

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