Buzzards Bay man is arrested in killings possibly tied to drugs

State Police arrested a 25-year-old Buzzards Bay man in the killing of a Bourne resident found shot and stabbed in the street, according to the Cape and Islands district attorney.

Sonny J. Tavares was charged with murder, home invasion, assault and battery with a deadly weapon, possession of an unlicensed firearm, and firing a firearm within 500 feet of a building, District Attorney Michael O’Keefe said. Tavares allegedly killed Antone Gutierrez, 22, during what police believe was a heroin deal Monday night, the district attorney said.


Bourne police found Gutierrez with gunshot and stab wounds on Trowbridge Road after responding to a report of a man hit by a car about 9:40, authorities said. He was taken to Tobey Hospital in Wareham, and then Boston Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 12:42 a.m. Tuesday.

“The officer gets there and goes to check on the guy, and realized he hadn’t been hit by a car, he had gotten shot,” Bourne police Lieutenant Richard Silvestro said Tuesday by phone. “While this is going on, Bourne police received another call of a home invasion at the All Seasons Inn about 100 yards from where the victim was.”

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Police learned that Gutierrez had been staying in the room that was broken into, he said.

“They could be connected,” Silvestro said. “He wasn’t shot in that room, but it looks like he had been in the hotel room.”

Troopers arrested Tavares at the State Police barracks in Bourne after interviewing him.


Early investigations indicate that several other people were involved in the alleged heroin transaction and the case is under investigation, O’Keefe said.

The medical examiner will perform an autopsy, he said.

Catalina Gaitan can be reached at Follow her on Twitter at @catalina_gaitan. Todd Feathers can be reached at
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