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Former acting New Bedford fire chief killed, officer injured after shooting at Fairhaven bar – Boston 25 News

FAIRHAVEN, Mass. — New Bedford’s former acting fire chief was killed in a shooting that injured a police officer outside a bar in Fairhaven Friday night, law enforcement said at a news conference.

Former acting New Bedford Fire Chief Paul Coderre was allegedly drinking at the Bayside Lounge on Sconticut Neck Road for several hours before police were called to the restaurant and bar after he was allegedly involved in an altercation around 5 p.m., Bristol County Prosecutor Thomas said. » Quinn said.

Coderre allegedly left the bar and attempted to get into his vehicle when another person attempted to stop. Quinn said Coderre then got into a physical altercation in the parking lot.

One of the responding Acushnet police officers was shot in the leg and taken to the hospital for treatment.

When members of the Fairhaven Police Department and officers from Acushenet and Mattapoiset responded to the scene and attempted to deescalate the situation, Coderre fired his handgun, Quinn said. The officers then returned fire, killing Coderre.

At a news conference shortly before 10 p.m., officials said the injured officer has since been released and is at home recovering.

New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell called the shooting “tragic in every sense of the word.”

“I am relieved that the injured officer is making a full recovery and that no one else was seriously injured,” Mitchell wrote on Facebook.

“My thoughts are with the injured officer, his family, his colleagues and the entire community during this difficult time,” Massachusetts State Representative Steve Xiarhos also posted on Facebook.

Police placed evidence markers in the business parking lot.

Nearby neighbors told Boston 25 they heard gunshots in rapid succession.

“I think I’ve heard of five or six,” Bob Conlin said. “Boom, boom, boom, boom, boom… but it was a sound a little deeper than a firecracker, which I found unusual.”

Coderre was fired in 2022 for “dishonesty and lying in connection with alleged work-related injuries,” according to a statement on the city of New Bedford website.

“In the fall of 2021, the City ordered Coderre to undergo an independent medical examination to determine his continued eligibility for workers’ compensation benefits. The independent medical examination follows an investigation initiated by the City Personnel Office in the summer of 2021. The Personnel Office’s investigation revealed video surveillance evidence showing Coderre performing activities inconsistent with his alleged injuries, including including unassisted unloading of a 176 pound barbecue smoker. grill from the bed of his personal pickup truck,” the release said.

The investigation is being conducted by prosecutors from the Bristol County District Attorney’s Office and detectives from the Massachusetts State Police.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates as more information becomes available.

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