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Former acting fire chief linked to officer-involved shooting, city says

A former acting fire chief in New Bedford, Massachusetts, was killed Friday in a shootout with South Shore police officers, a statement from the mayor’s office said. A large police presence surrounded a bar and restaurant in Fairhaven, Massachusetts, Friday evening, photos and videos. from the scene showed.Fairhaven police said they were called to a business located at 125 Sconticut Neck Road. around 5 p.m. Friday for a report of an intoxicated man. Police responded to the area with officers from neighboring communities. Authorities said gunfire was then exchanged between the man and officers. The man, identified by the New Bedford mayor’s office as Coderre, was killed in the shooting. Police said an officer who responded to the scene was injured and transported to an area hospital for treatment. There was no additional information on the shooting that took place in the area from police or the Bristol County District Attorney’s Office. “The New Bedford Mayor’s Office can confirm that the person involved in the shooting in Fairhaven is former Acting Fire Chief Paul Coderre,” a spokesperson told NewsCenter 5. New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell, suggested in a social media post that a police officer was also injured in the shooting, and that Coderre was dead. “Tonight’s fatal shooting in Fairhaven was tragic in every way,” Mitchell said. “I am relieved that the injured officer has made a full recovery and that no one else was seriously injured.” Coderre, New Bedford’s former interim fire chief, was fired in early 2022 for what the city of New Bedford said was “dishonesty and lying in connection with alleged work-related injuries.” However, the Massachusetts Civil Service Commission ruled on November 30 that the city of New Bedford had not established “justice” to fire Coderre from his position. the city failed to prove that Coderre misrepresented his physical capabilities to avoid returning to duty or that he abused the fire department’s accident leave policy.

A former acting fire chief in New Bedford, Massachusetts, was killed Friday in a shootout with South Shore police officers, according to a statement from the mayor’s office.

Fairhaven police said they were called to a business located at 125 Sconticut Neck Road. around 5 p.m. Friday for a report of an intoxicated man.

The police responded to the scene, accompanied by police officers from neighboring communities.

Authorities said gunfire was then exchanged between the man and officers. The man, identified by the New Bedford mayor’s office as Coderre, was killed in the shooting.

Police said an officer who responded to the scene was injured and transported to an area hospital for treatment.

There was no additional information on the shooting that took place in the area from police or the Bristol County District Attorney’s Office.

“The New Bedford Mayor’s Office can confirm that the person involved in [Friday’s] “The officer involved in the shooting in Fairhaven is former Acting Fire Chief Paul Coderre,” a spokesperson told NewsCenter 5.

New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell suggested in a social media post that a police officer was also injured in the shooting and that Coderre died.

“Tonight’s fatal shooting in Fairhaven was tragic in every way,” Mitchell said. “I am relieved that the injured officer has made a full recovery and that no one else was seriously injured.”

Coderre, New Bedford’s former interim fire chief, was fired in early 2022 for what the city of New Bedford called “dishonesty and lying in connection with alleged work-related injuries.”

However, the Massachusetts Civil Service Commission ruled on November 30 that the City of New Bedford had not established “good cause” to fire Coderre from his position.

The commission concluded that the city failed to prove that Coderre misrepresented his physical capabilities to avoid returning to duty or that he abused the fire department’s injury leave policy.

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