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BROCKTON (CBS) – Two people are dead and a police officer is wounded after a shooting and standoff in Brockton Thursday evening. The Brockton officer was shot four times after responding to a home on Taber Ave. at about 5:45 p.m.
The suspect was barricaded inside the home for hours before he shot himself, according to Plymouth County District Attorney Tim Cruz. He was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Officers were initially called to the home for a report of gunshots fired. While police were investigating, another man was found dead from gunshot wounds inside a silver SUV near the home. Cruz said that man’s death is under investigation.
“Brockton Police responded, gunshots were fired,” Cruz said. “A Brockton Police officer was struck at this time we believe four times, including in his Kevlar vest.”
The officer was conscious and alert when he was taken to a Boston hospital and is expected to survive.
After shooting the officer, the suspect went into the home at 62 Tabor Ave. where he remained for several hours. The SWAT team was called in and a perimeter was set up in the neighborhood.
“Mass. State Police and Brockton Police were in constant contact and negotiated with the barricaded suspect throughout the night,” Cruz said.
At about 9:30 p.m., the man went outside the home and shot himself, according to Cruz. The name of the suspect and the man found dead in the SUV have not been released.
Brockton Mayor Robert Sullivan said he and Police Chief Manny Gomes will visit the injured officer in the hospital on Friday.
“This also shows the serious nature of law enforcement, we have very brave men and women that serve Brockton Police every single day,” Mayor Sullivan said.
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