Somerville Police Officer Shot, Suspect Killed

SOMERVILLE (CBS) – A veteran Somerville police detective was upgraded to fair condition Wednesday, a day after he was shot and nearly killed.

Officer Mario Oliveira was part of a group of local and federal agents executing an arrest warrant on Gibbens Street around 6:40 p.m.

Police say that’s when Matthew Krister, 21, of Somerville allegedly opened fire, hitting Oliveira three times at close range.

Officers returned fire, killing Krister.

Oliveira was rushed to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, where he had emergency surgery overnight.

WBZ-TV’s Eileen Curran reports from Mass General

Oliveira, 42, is a highly decorated nine-year veteran of the force who was named Officer of the Year in 2005.   He is married and has three-year-old son.

Somerville Communications Director Michael Meehan talks with WBZ News Radio

It’s not clear yet if Oliveira was wearing a bullet-proof vest at the time of the shooting.

Frank, a neighbor of Kristner’s who only wanted to go by his first name, said Kristner lived next door his whole life until he moved to New Hampshire a month ago. “I even had him shovel my snow a couple winters there. There was nothing wrong with him. He was like a regular kid.”

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Frank said he heard shots the night Kristner was killed. “(I) never figured it would be the boy next door.”

Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone and police chief Michael Cabral spoke with Oliveira at the hospital Wednesday.“This is a miracle,” said Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone. “You don’t was away from a traumatic incident like this one, in most cases, so we’re very thankful.”

“He’s very concerned about getting back to work, about his family. I just told him make sure you take care of yourself, get healthy, so you can go back home to your wife and your son,” Cabral told WBZ-TV.

Cabral said Krister was not known to police.

  • Paul

    May God watch over him and his family

  • Gerard Leary

    Death penalty to those who shoot police officers

  • Jay

    My thoughts will stay with the detective, family, friends and the entire department tonight. God bless the hands of those caring for him in surgery.

  • DJMM

    You and your family are in our prayers.

  • GDW

    God Bless the Detective and watch over him, my thoughts and prayers to the Somerville Police Department and the Detectives family.

  • Laurie

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to the officer, his family and all those who protect and serve.

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  • MMM

    Stay Strong Brother, We’re praying for you.

  • deirdre

    I join my prayers for the police officer and his family with all of yours and stretch just a little to include as well the soul of the man who shot him and his family too – this gun violence is tragic for everyone. May God help us to see new ways to end it.

  • Ellen

    My heart goes out to this police Detective and his family. The Police put their lives on the line on a daily bases, and now my prayers go out to his family, fellow police personal, and friends. May God grant them peace in knowing that their love one is now in Heaven.

  • Chris

    Get well, detective! Hope for a speedy and full recovery.

  • Ellen

    My God, I reread the article. Thought the police Detective died, and now seeing my error I will pray for his recovery.

  • Sue

    my prayers for the officer and his family.

  • Cheryl

    Don’t just write that you’ll pray for him. Get on your knees and REALLY pray for him, and this country! We need a God that listens….and that only happens when he has someone to listen to! Lets walk the walk again….and turn back to GOD for some real answers to prayer and for a miracle tonight for that Officer who put his life on the life for all of us. God be with him…..and the hands that touch him. We need a healing tonight!

  • Lori

    May the police officer have a full and speedy recovery. My thoughts are with him and his family during this most difficult time!

  • eric g

    strength & honor TTTE

  • dadsfavor8

    Ignorant is bringing up HIGH SCHOOL KID ANTICS when NOW you are a MAN…or should be.

  • ccb

    I’m tired of criminals looking for sympathy because of being treated unfairly. shut up and stop commiting crimes and you won’t have to worry about the police bothering you….

  • sickofallofthis

    This poor “victim” who opend fire on Det. Oliveira was not an altar boy :

  • Janmar

    A special thank you to this Officer in particular and to all the other police, fire, and ems, that risk their lives each and every day to protect us. I pray for a quick and full recovery for Detective Oliveira.

  • sickofallofthis

    Neighbor says the perp was a “regular kid”. Guess that means all “regular kids” carry guns ( more than one instance for this “regular kid”) and shoot police officers. Glad the ATF agent(s) are trained to shoot to kill. Nice job taking another “regular kid” off the streets, saving us taxpayers alot of $ . Praying for a quick and full recovery for Det. Oliveira .

  • sickofallofthis

    and WHY on god’s earth do we need to see his face in this story .. good grief, he does not get my sympathy for his actions because he was a “kid” , he was an ADULT and a stupid one at that who thought he was invincible.

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