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Massachusetts LEO killed by career criminal with prior weapons, violence charges

#1 Post by DispositionMatrix » Mon Apr 16, 2018 10:10 am

Supposedly, more gun laws would fix this.

Officer slaying suspect had violent criminal history; wanted for violating probation on gun charge
Latanowich, according to officials and news reports, has an extensive adult criminal history that generated 28 cases against him in Barnstable District Court alone. His record also includes a four-year state prison term, and he has more than 110 entries on his criminal history.

Many of the district court cases, which date back to 2005, were dismissed. Sometimes the cases were dismissed when the victim refused to go forward, and in at least two cases he was found not guilty by a judge, a Globe review of the Barnstable District Court records indicates.
But the case that led Gannon to Blueberry Lane dates back to 2009, when Latanowich was arrested by two Cape Cod police departments, leading to illegal gun possession and drug charges. The two incidents were combined into one when he pleaded guilty in Barnstable Superior Court in 2010 and was given a five-year sentence — with credit for 203 days jailed awaiting trial.
The suspect got bench trials. Cases were dismissed.
Suspect in officer’s slaying was arrested once a year over last 4 years
Here are three firearm-related charges that preceded the perp's violence charges.
OTHERJuly 2009
He was charged in July 2009 with two counts of possessing a firearm without an FID card. Both charges were kicked up to Superior Court after indictment. The resolution of that case wasn’t immediately available.

OTHERDecember 2008
He was charged in December 2008 with improper firearm storage, carrying a gun without an FID card, and defacing a serial number on a firearm. He was acquitted after a bench trial.
OTHERMay 2008
He was charged in May 2008 with two counts of carrying a gun without an FID card, one count of unlawful storage of a firearm, and one count of violating a firearm surrender order. He pleaded guilty to all charges except the storage count, which was dropped. Court records show he received a prison sentence, but the precise term wasn’t immediately available.
Man charged with killing Yarmouth officer may have fled police in Everett last week
One of his many brushes with the law is believed to have occurred on April 3, when a state trooper tried to pull over a car authorities think was driven by Latanowich on Route 1 northbound shortly before 4:30 p.m., according to State Police.

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#2 Post by senorgrand » Mon Apr 16, 2018 11:46 am

Poster dude for "enforce the laws we have."

Of course, coming to that conclusion would mean someone wasn't doing their job, and the establishment can't have that, so the default response will be we need more laws and less freedom.
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#3 Post by ErikO » Mon Apr 16, 2018 11:48 am

How was he able to do all that with all of MA's laws?

Oh yeah, laws only stop those who do not want to break the laws.
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#4 Post by highdesert » Mon Apr 16, 2018 1:08 pm

According to the Massachusetts Probation Service, Latanowich was not at home April 4 when a probation officer visited and failed to show up one day later to take a drug tests he is required to take since pleading guilty in Barnstable Superior Court to gun and drug charges, records show. The probation service obtained a warrant for his arrest last Friday, according to Coria Holland, spokeswoman for the state probation service.
How was he allowed out on probation? With the time he spent in prison he must have been convicted of at least one felony and not eligible to have firearms.
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#5 Post by sikacz » Wed Apr 18, 2018 7:18 am

ErikO wrote:
Mon Apr 16, 2018 11:48 am
How was he able to do all that with all of MA's laws?

Oh yeah, laws only stop those who do not want to break the laws.
My thought as well. Let's get working on enforcing existing laws.
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#6 Post by sikacz » Wed Apr 18, 2018 7:23 am

highdesert wrote:
Mon Apr 16, 2018 1:08 pm
According to the Massachusetts Probation Service, Latanowich was not at home April 4 when a probation officer visited and failed to show up one day later to take a drug tests he is required to take since pleading guilty in Barnstable Superior Court to gun and drug charges, records show. The probation service obtained a warrant for his arrest last Friday, according to Coria Holland, spokeswoman for the state probation service.
How was he allowed out on probation? With the time he spent in prison he must have been convicted of at least one felony and not eligible to have firearms.
You'd think all those laws and restrictions would prevent things just like this. :sarcasm: I forgot these laws are meant to restrict and limit gun ownership by those who obey laws not criminals. Perhaps that's not sarcasm.
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#7 Post by DispositionMatrix » Tue Jul 17, 2018 10:24 am

And again.
Emanuel Lopes, man accused of killing Weymouth Police Officer Michael Chesna, to be arraigned Monday
"Lopes then attacked Officer Chesna, it is believed with a large stone, striking him in the head," Norfolk County District Attorney Assistant District Attorney Greg Connor said. "Officer Chesna fell to the ground. Lopes then retrieved Officer Chesna's firearm and discharged it several times in his head and chest."

Other officers on scene returned fire. Lopes was struck in the leg.

Lopes attempted to flee on foot, firing Chesna's service weapon several times. One of the bullets Lopes' is believed to have fired struck a Weymouth woman in her home, killing her. Police have yet to confirm the identity of the woman killed.
I-Team: Man Accused Of Killing Officer, Woman Was On Pre-Trial Probation
Emanuel “Manny” Lopes was out on bail and on pre-trial probation at the time of the shootings, and even though he didn’t show up for a court ordered drug test in February and failed a drug test in April, his bail wasn’t revoked and he was allowed to stay on the street.
Weymouth Police say in October 2017 Lopes sold cocaine to a minor and resisted arrest. He was released on bail and ordered to stay away from alcohol, drugs and medical marijuana. He failed to show up for a drug test in February and the I-Team obtained a copy of a court audio tape from an April hearing where his probation officer told the judge he tested positive for marijuana.

But Lopes’ bail wasn’t revoked. The Assistant District Attorney and probation officer did not ask that he be held. The I-Team found photos on posted on Lopes’ social media in April that appear to show him holding a bottle of alcohol and smoking what looks to be marijuana.

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