BOSTON (CBS/AP) – The two men charged in the shooting of a Boston Police officer over the weekend were ordered held without bail Monday.
Requon Martin, 21, of Boston, and Antoine Mack, 35, of Pawtucket, Rhode Island both pleaded not guilty in Boston Municipal Court to several charges, including armed assault with intent to murder in the Sunday afternoon shooting. Several Boston Police officers were in court as the two men hid behind a wall out of view as they were arraigned.
Police Commissioner William Gross said members of the Youth Violence Strike Force had come across a vehicle double-parked, with blaring music, when they noticed three men in their 20’s sitting on the steps of an apartment building on West Springfield Street in the South End. After making eye contact with the officers, Gross said the men stood up and clutched something at their waists, which he said were the “characteristics of an armed gunman.”
The men then went into the apartment building and tried to hold the door closed to prevent the officers from entering, Gross said. But, according to the police report, one officer was able to stick his left foot in the doorway to prevent the door from being shut.
“At one point, the door opened enough for the officers to see inside the apartment, which was extremely dark, having no lights on. At that point, the officers observed a muzzle flash from the interior staircase and also heard the shot as it happened. (The officer) felt a stinging sensation to his left leg,” the report stated.
The officer was taken to Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where Gross said he was “doing fine.” His name has not been made public.
Mayor Marty Walsh wished the officer a “speedy recovery” Monday.
“He and his partners went into a very dangerous situation and apprehended those suspects. They certainly made our community safer and that’s what our officers do every day even though we don’t always see, report it that way. They keep us safe every single day. So I want to thank them for their incredible support,” the mayor said.
A dangerousness hearing has been scheduled for Martin and Mack on Wednesday.
Mack’s attorney told reporters that Mack claims “he was never involved in this in any way, shape or form.”
Martin’s attorney indicated his client wants to testify in his own defense at Wednesday’s hearing. Martin was wearing a white hooded jumpsuit in court for his arraignment Monday.
“Defendants whose clothing has been seized for testing are often provided with a Tyvek jumpsuit. The testing can be for any number of things but usually trace evidence such as gunshot residue, DNA, or some other substance,” said Jake Wark, a spokesman for the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office.
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