Sutter talks about his city’s first homicide

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FALL RIVER (WPRI) — Newly elected Fall River Mayor Sam Sutter says he’s been involved with the homicide case from the start.

At the time of the New Year’s Day shooting, it was his last full day as Bristol County District Attorney.

“When I got the phone call about the fatal shooting, I was still the district attorney and I acted as the district attorney,” said Sam Sutter.

24-year-old Jeffrey Souza is being held without bail in connection with the city’s first homicide of the year.

He was arraigned Friday on firearms charges connected with the shooting death of 28-year-old Kyle Brady.

At this point, police have not accused Souza of the shooting.

“Nobody has been charged with homicide,” said Sutter, “and that should be the next district attorney’s decision.”

A police report says Brady was lying in the street with a gunshot wound to the chest near Maplewood Park on the corner of Albert and Huard Street

A witness told police that there was an argument before the shooting.

The report also says the victim’s sister told police that Brady was having problems with Souza, since he was dating the mother of Souza’s kids.

Sutter says in spite of that, crime in Fall River is down as a whole.

“We’ve cut both gun violence and gang activity,” said Sutter. “I think that we can do even more to reduce gun violence.”

The homicide remains under investigation.

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