Prosecutor: Fall River Police Shoot Vehicle To Stop It, Killing Driver

Massachusetts authorities say a police officer responding to a report of possible gunfire fired shots at a vehicle to stop it from leaving, killing the driver.

The Bristol County district attorney's office says Fall River police saw multiple vehicles leaving the area near Airport Road and Riggenbach Road after responding to the scene on Sunday night.

Authorities say the officer shot at a car to keep it from leaving. The 19-year-old driver, Larry Ruiz-Barreto, of New Bedford, was struck. He was taken to Charlton Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Several minutes later, police responded to a disturbance at the hospital and arrested five people on disorderly conduct and disturbing the peace charges. Police say the shooting and the hospital disturbance are connected.

The defendants were relatives of Barreto. They were arraigned Monday.

The district attorney's office says its investigation is ongoing.

This article was originally published on November 13, 2017.


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