‘He was misunderstood’: Family of man fatally shot by Fall River officer wants answers

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FALL RIVER, Mass. (WPRI) — The investigation continues in Fall River after a man was shot and killed during an altercation with police Monday evening.

Anthony Harden, 30, “was misunderstood,” according to his twin brother Antone Harden, and now his family wants answers.

Around 6 p.m., officers went to an apartment on Melville Street to speak to Anthony about an alleged domestic incident that a woman reported over the weekend.

Bristol County District Attorney Thomas Quinn said when police arrived, an altercation broke out and in less than 15 minutes, Anthony was shot by one of the officers and pronounced dead at the hospital.

Quinn noted that it appeared Harden had a knife on him at the time, but did not specify whether he threatened the officers with it.

Hours later, Anthony’s family reached out to 12 News to try and clear his name.

“The family wants answers. We want everyone that’s listening to this to know what’s happening because it will not be swept under the rug,” said his uncle, Don Mack.

According to Mack, Antone was in another room when the shooting occurred.

“Anthony was a great person. He was misunderstood, he was wrongfully attacked or murdered in our home,” Antone added. “He loved his daughter. He was just looking forward to spending time with her. He was a free thinker, he was … I don’t know, he was a great person and what happened shouldn’t have happened.”

The DA’s office said there was something at the home that is a large focus of their investigation, which has Anthony’s older brother skeptical.

“He did not own a weapon, he did not own a gun. There was no reason for that many officers to show up for a domestic disturbance that occurred two days prior,” Carl Harden explained.

It’s unclear at this time if either officer was injured in the incident, or whether they’ve been placed on leave.

“He was no gang-banger, he was no threat to the police or law enforcement, so there’s no reason why he should not be alive tonight,” Mack said.

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