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Trooper charged after opening fire on highway


SURROUNDING THE SHOOTING. TODD: THAT TROOPER WAS INDICTED
LAST MONTH FOR OPENING FIRE ON
I-93 SOUTH NEAR THE EXIT 18
OFFRAMP. PROSECUTORS SAY HE HAD NO REASON
TO SHOOT STATE TROOPER MATTHEW
SHEEHAN PLEADS NOT GUILTY TO TWO
COUNTS OF ASSAULT AND BATTERY
WITH A DANGEROUS WEAPON HIS
, DEPARTMENT-ISSUED SEMI-AUTOMATIC RIFLE. THE CHARGES STEM FROM TH
INCIDENT ON FEBRUARY 24, 2018 ON
93 SOUTH IN BOSTON. TROOPER SHEEHAN WAS ONE
THIRTEEN LAW ENFORCEMENT
OFFICERS TRYING TO CORRAL A
GROUP OF PEOPLE RECKLESSLY
RIDING ATVS AND DIRTBIKES ON THE
–>>FIRED HIS ASSAULT RIFLE TWICE, HITTING THE ATV IN THE
LEFT FRONT TIRE, AND HITTING THE
NAMED VICTIM IN THE FOOT. TODD TROOPER SHEEHAN WAS
: INTERVIEWED BY STATE POLICE
INVESTIGATORS. THEY SAY HIS STORY CHANGED OVER
TIME.>>’S ORIGINAL VERSION OF THE
EVENTS WAS THAT THE ATV WAS
DRIVING DIRECTLY TOWARDS HIM. HE LATER SWITCHED IT TO IT WAS
DRIVING DIAGONALLY TOWARDS HIM. TODD: TROOPER SHEEHAN WAS
INDICTED LAST MONTH. THE DA SAYS THAT EVEN THOUGH THE
ATV WAS NOT POSING A THREAT TO
THE TROOPER, SHEEHAN HAD AN
ULTERIOR MOTIVE FOR OPENING
FIRE, REVEALED IN HATEFUL
COMMENTS POSTED ABOUT NEWS ITEMS ON THE WEBSITE MASSCOPS.>>A KIND READING OF THESE
COMMENTS WOULD SAY THAT THE
COMMENTS ARE RACIALLY TINGED
PROMOTE VIOLENCE, PROMOTE
DISPARAGEMENT OF WOMEN, POOR
PEOPLE. THE COMMONWEALTH BELIEVES THAT
THOSE POSTS ARE ADMISSIBLE TO
SHOW MOTIVE, INTENT, AND STATE
OF MIND ON THE DAY OF TH
INCIDENT. TODD: WHAT YOU SAW IT RIGHT
THERE WAS TROOPER SHEEHAN
LEAVING THE COURTROOM AFTER HE
WAS RELEASED ON PERSONAL
RECOGNIZANCE. HE’S OFF THE JOB AND HAD NO
COMMENT. AS FOR THE PEOPLE RIDING THE
DIRT BIKES AND ATV’S, EIGHT
PEOPLE WERE ARRESTED THAT DAY.

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