BOSTON (WPRI/AP) — Two men, one from Pawtucket, were ordered held without bail Monday following a shooting that left a Boston police officer injured in the city’s South End.
Antoine Mack, 35, of Pawtucket and Raquon Martin, 21, of Boston are facing multiple charges including: assault to murder, unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of a loaded firearm, discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a building, unlawful possession of ammunition, and assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon.
Both men pleaded not guilty at their arraignment in Boston Municipal Court. Mack’s attorney said his client was not involved in the shooting.
Fall River police told Eyewitness News Mack is a known drug dealer in the area, and this isn’t the first time he’s been in trouble with the law.
He was also arrested back in August, accused of selling crack cocaine.
The shooting happened Sunday afternoon during a routine traffic stop.
Officers patrolling the area noticed a double-parked car with music blaring on West Springfield Street.
That’s when police say they approached two men, who were sitting on a stairway.
Police said the men got up, clutched their waistbands, rushed inside an apartment building, and barricaded themselves in a hallway.
The department’s SWAT and hostage negotiators responded and set up a line of communication with the men.
When the Boston officer with the Youth Violence Strike Force made his way inside, he was shot in the calf.
He was taken to Brigham and Women’s Hospital for treatment but is expected to be okay.
Boston Police Commissioner William Gross says this shooting is yet another example of “too many guns on the street.”
It’s also the latest incident of violence directed at Massachusetts police officers.
Two officers in Massachusetts have so far been shot to death this year.
“It is our job to patrol and to protect the people of Boston,” Gross said. “Unfortunately, some people take that out against us.”