Authorities in Brooklyn continued to search for answers Friday after a 32-year-old man allegedly shot and killed a 28-year-old man and then turned his gun on himself after hours of fighting with police.
Plymouth County District Attorney’s Office. Identified Alleged gunman Kevin Sarpa and victim Christopher Gomez, both of Brooklyn.
A Brooklyn police officer also suffered fatal injuries when he was shot by Sarpa while responding at the scene, officials said.
Prosecutors said the officer, who could not be identified, was released from Boston Medical Center late Friday.
“You see, it’s a very dense neighborhood. Brooklyn Mayor Robert Sullivan told reporters near the shooting site on Thursday night. Take the pills. We are very grateful. We hope he recovers soon.
One of the motives for the violence was not immediately clear to investigators on Thursday, as they launched an investigation to understand why shots were fired at Taber Avenue, a wave of 911 calls and crowds of local, state and federal officials. A house on Dead End Street.
“We’re in the process of issuing a search warrant and making sure we get everything we need,” District Attorney Timothy Cruz told a news conference Thursday night. That’s what we need. “
“We’re going to make sure we’re very complete, and we know what happened here,” he added.
Here is what we know so far:
What the authorities say happened.
According to Cruz’s office, around 5:45 p.m. Thursday, Brooklyn police received several emergency calls in which a man was reporting gunfire and gunfire.
Prosecutors said responding officers found a man, later identified as Gomez, with bullet wounds inside a silver SUV near his home, where bullets were fired from a second-floor window. Were
A spokesman for Cruz’s office said Friday that Gomez was determined to die.
An officer was also injured in the firing. According to WCVBThe officer was shot in the arm and leg.
According to officials, Brooklyn police met with Massachusetts State Police, including the agency’s crisis negotiation team.
“A circle was set up in the densely populated neighborhood,” Cruz’s office said in a statement on Friday.
At about 9:30 p.m., Sarpa left the house and shot himself outside, officials said. He was taken to Good Tactical Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 10:02 p.m.
Cruz said the negotiators did their best to make sure the situation was peaceful and unfortunately it did not end there.
There was one of Sarpa’s childhood friends at the scene who tried to help him leave the house without incident.
“I was with his father for a while, and they were talking back and forth, and from my understanding, the negotiators actually said he was out,” the friend, who did not want to be identified, Told the news station.. “I kept praying left and right, just come out, surrender yourself. You know, you’re going to jail, but you’ll still be alive.
Cruz dismissed rumors at a news conference Thursday that a child was in the home and said police had brought equipment to determine if there was explosives on the premises, as did other allegations. I have been shown.
The state and Brooklyn police will review video surveillance footage from the area and interview witnesses, Cruz’s office said. The incident was not identified as an “act of random violence,” officials said.
“The police officers, men and women who appear in the scenes every day, do a great job,” Cruz said. “And looking down on it tonight, I think these were some great jobs for police officers trying to do their best in an incredibly difficult situation.”
‘This is definitely a call for him’: The injured officer recently joined the force.
Speaking to reporters Friday, Brooklyn Police Chief Emmanuel Gomez praised the injured officer’s actions.
“His actions saved his own life, possibly the lives of others. And I’m glad he’s home and he’s recovering.” Couldn’t be happier to report it. “
Emmanuel Gomez also praised doctors at Boston Medical Center, who said they had taken a “cautious approach” to treating the officer’s wounds, as he still had a bullet in his hand.
Sullivan said on Friday, “He will need a lot of different resources, from emotional to physical therapy, but; he is out, and we are very grateful and our prayers and thoughts are with him as he recovers. Is.”
According to the police chief, the officer recently graduated from Boston Police Academy, whose training “played a role last night.”
“It’s definitely a call for him,” Emmanuel Gomez said of the officer, and he showed up.
Police expect a long and difficult investigation
In response to a question, Emmanuel Gomez told reporters Friday that investigators did not know that Christopher Gomez and Sarpa knew each other.
“It’s still in the early stages,” he said. “As you can imagine from everything last night, it will be a long and difficult investigation to complete and we don’t have the basics yet.”
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