DARTMOUTH, Mass. (WPRI) — An investigation is underway after Dartmouth officers responding to a domestic violence call ended up shooting and killing the suspect.
According to the Bristol County District Attorney’s office, Luis G. Roman, 25, of New Bedford, was pronounced dead at St. Luke’s Hospital.
The incident began just after 11 p.m. Thursday. District Attorney spokesman Gregg Miliote said Dartmouth police officers responded to Ledgewood Boulevard after 911 caller told operators a man had entered his ex-girlfriend’s apartment and damaged her television and computer.
As police on scene were questioning the ex-girlfriend and her parents, Milote said Roman called the woman’s father and asked if officers were still at the apartment.
“When he was told police were still on scene, he indicated he was coming back to the apartment and that he had his gun out, ammunition and said he wasn’t going back to jail,” Milote said in a release.
When Roman arrived at the apartment complex, officers said he was ordered to get out of his vehicle with his hands up. However, police said he grabbed one of two guns he was carrying and fired two shots. At that point, officers said they shot Roman.
Dartmouth Police Chief Timothy Lee said the shots Roman fired narrowly missed his officers.
“It was inches. The round went through the vehicle where Mr. Roman shot, passed a police officer who was standing outside the vehicle and into a vehicle that was parked parallel next to it,” Lee said. “I’m extremely happy none of my officers was hurt. I’m sorry for the family of Mr. Roman, who have suffered this loss. But sometimes bad actions cause grave consequences.”
Lee placed the blame for what he called a tragic incident squarely on Roman.
“My police officers acted with professionalism and heroism. They protected themselves. They protected the community. And this action, while tragic, is the result of the actions of Mr. Roman,” Lee said.
Milote said the investigation, which is being conducted by the district attorney’s office and Massachusetts State Police, is in the preliminary stages.