Suspected Cape Cod cop killer to remain behind bars

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BARNSTABLE, Mass. (WPRI) — A man accused of shooting and killing a police officer on Cape Cod earlier this year will remain behind bars.

Brothers and sisters in blue filled the courtroom Friday as Thomas Latanowich was arraigned on nine charges in the death of Yarmouth Police Sgt. Sean Gannon, including murder.

Latanowich, 30, pleaded not guilty and was ordered held without bail.

According to police, Gannon, his K-9 partner Nero, and other officers on April 12 were searching Latanowich’s Barnstable home while trying to serve a warrant when Gannon was shot in the head. He was rushed to Cape Cod Hospital, where he later died.

Latanowich was taken into custody following a lengthy standoff. Court documents later revealed he texted his girlfriend, “I killed a cop,” among other messages in the moments after the shooting.

Nero was also hit by a bullet but ultimately survived and has since been in recovery.

Gannon, 32, was a native of New Bedford and remembered fondly by his colleagues in law enforcement, who have since held a charity 5K race and stuffed animal drive in his honor.

In addition to murder, Latanowich is facing charges of aggravated assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, possession of a firearm without a license (subsequent offense), carrying a loaded firearm without a license, possession of ammunition without a firearms identification card, mistreating a police dog, and armed career criminal. He’s due back in court Nov. 30 for a pretrial conference.

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