UPDATE #2: Officer-involved shooting

(Final Update Today Barring Unforeseen Developments)

The suspect shot by a State Trooper today is identified as CLAUDE W. BROWN-MADISON, 25,  of Fall River, formerly of Brockton.

BROWN-MADISON, who sustained a lower body gunshot wound, remains hospitalized tonight at Boston Medical Center under MSP guard.

We have charged him with five criminal offenses thus far for his actions in today’s incident. The investigation is ongoing.

Investigation thus far indicates that BROWN-MADISON was armed during the incident and pointed a firearm at the Trooper. The suspect’s firearm was recovered at the scene of the shooting.

The facts and circumstances that led to the Trooper’s confrontation with the suspect remain part of the ongoing investigation.

BROWN-MADISON is currently charged with the following offenses:

1. Armed assault with intent to murder;
2. Assault by means of a dangerous weapon;
3. Committing a firearm violation while having a record that includes at least three prior violent or drug crimes;
4. Unlawful possession of a firearm; and
5. Possession of a firearm and/or ammunition without an FID card.

The suspect will be arraigned when doctors determine he is medically able.

Following the shooting, the Trooper was evaluated at Good Samaritan Hospital and released. Per State Police policy for department members involved in a shooting, he has been placed on five days of standard administrative leave. The purpose of that leave is to provide any Trooper who shoots a suspect time to focus on his or her personal wellness after a potentially traumatic incident.

In another development related to the incident, the Plymouth County District Attorney’s Office, because of a potential appearance of a conflict of interest, has referred dual parts of the case to two other district attorney’s offices.

The Cape and Islands District Attorney’s Office will oversee the investigation of the shooting and will determine whether the use of potentially lethal force was justified under the law.

The Essex County District Attorney’s Office will prosecute BROWN-MADISON for today’s offenses.

No further information is expected to be released tonight. See below for previous releases

Dave Procopio
Director, Media Communications

Massachusetts State Police


UPDATE: Officer-involved shooting

April 20, 2019

Ongoing investigation indicates that the shooting occurred next to a building that is part of a residential complex on Colonel Bell Drive. The suspect is from that area. 

After the trooper shot the suspect and secured him, the trooper rendered first aid to him. Numerous other Troopers and Brockton Police responded to assist at the scene following the shooting. 

The reason for the initial interaction with the suspect is part of the ongoing investigation. The processing of the scene is ongoing. The State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section is assisting — which is common in shootings — by mapping the scene using what we call a total station device. It’s an electronic measuring device mounted on a tripod that records exact distances and other data. 

The suspect is being transferred to Boston Medical Center for further treatment of his non-life threatening injury. 

See below for original release.

Dave Procopio
Massachusetts State Police


Officer-Involved Shooting

April 20, 2019

A Massachusetts State Trooper was involved in a shooting incident earlier this morning on Colonel Bell Drive in Brockton. 

The facts and circumstances of the incident are the subject of active investigation at this time. Preliminary information suggests that just prior to 9 a.m., during a confrontation with a male suspect, the Trooper discharged his weapon. The male suffered a lower body gunshot injury that is believed to be non-life threatening.  

The male has been transported to an area hospital. The Trooper is also being evaluated. 

The shooting is under investigation by State Police Detectives, Crime Scene Services, and a specialized MSP team of senior investigators that responds to Trooper-involved shootings. 

As is standard in all police-involved shootings in Massachusetts, the district attorney of jurisdiction — in this case the Plymouth County District Attorney’s Office — will oversee the investigation, and will ultimately determine whether the use of potentially-lethal force by police was justified based on the facts and the law.  

More information will be released when available and appropriate. 

Dave Procopio
Director, Media Communications
Massachusetts State Police