MSP Air Wing help Taunton police nab 2; shooting suspect still wanted

TAUNTON, Mass (WPRI) – Police arrested a man and juvenile after a shooting on County Street in Taunton around 11 p.m. Wednesday.

Taunton Police told Eyewitness News they found Purvis Cole, 22, of New Bedford with a gunshot wound to the chest area. He was taken to Rhode Island Hospital and is expected to be okay.

Investigators say this appears to be a drug deal that went bad. Following the shooting, Ozair Gomes, 28, of Taunton took off running in the woods behind the Taunton Woods Apartments on County Street. Police say he was there for about 45 minutes before he was arrested.

Ozair Gomes, 28, of Taunton

Police said following the shooting, Ozair Gomes, 28, of Taunton took off running in the woods behind the Taunton Woods Apartments on County Street where he stayed for about 45 minutes before he was arrested.

Gomes is facing several charges including one count of drug possession with intent to distribute, one count of disorderly conduct, one count of disturbing the peace, and one count of resisting arrest.

Police used about 12 officers on the ground, three K-9’s and a state police helicopter to search for Gomes. Taunton Police say he was bitten by a K-9 during the pursuit. He was later taken to Morton Hospital for stitches.

Police said Gomes was not in possession of a weapon at the time of his arrest.

Police said the other person taken into custody – a juvenile from Brockton – is facing several charges including one count of drug possession class D with intent to distribute, one count of witness intimidation, and one count of disorderly conduct. Police tell Eyewitness News he had a mask in his pocket at the time of the arrest.

Officers were seen searching the woods for the gun that was allegedly used in the shooting.

At this point, police are still trying to figure out who fired the shots.

This story is developing and we will bring you any updates when we learn more.