One of the three Boston police officers wounded during an exchange of gunfire with a man who barricaded himself in a Dorchester home remained hospitalized Wednesday, while Suffolk District Attorney Rachael Rollins investigates the police use of deadly force in that incident and as well as another one Saturday.
The names of the wounded officers have not been released and authorities have not publicly identified the man who they say opened fire after police spent six hours negotiating with him Tuesday inside a six-unit three-decker on Ferndale Street.
Police returned fire, mortally wounding the man, officials said.
On Wednesday, the home bore signs of the violence the night before. At least three windows on the top floor of the weather-beaten building were shattered by gunfire. Red crime scene tape flagged the chain link fence separating the property from the sidewalk.
Jeremy Browne, who lives on the second floor of the three-decker, was at work during Tuesday’s confrontation. He said had seen the man who got shot on one occasion a week ago. Browne said the man was related to his upstairs neighbor, “Julie.”
“I was just minding my business,” Browne said. “But I don’t even think he he lived there. I thought he was just visiting.”
Julie Clarke told reporters Tuesday night that the man was her son’s half-brother and had been staying at the home but did not live there full-time. She said the man threatened people in the home with a gun Tuesday morning after she told him to leave.
“I came in this morning, I asked him to leave and he just pulled out a gun and put it to his brother’s head,” Clarke told reporters.
Authorities have not confirmed Clarke’s description of what started the 9:30 a.m. standoff.
Charles Townsend, 75, lives next door. The commotion of dozens of police officers caught his attention Tuesday afternoon and drew him out onto the front porch until police shooed him back inside.
“We didn’t have too much chance to see what was going on,” Townsend said. “They didn’t even want me on the porch.”
Another neighbor, who declined to give her name, said she heard shots ring out at about 4 p.m. The bangs were so loud it sent her running for cover.
“I just ran upstairs to my bedroom,” she said. “I didn’t know what was going on.”
Later in the evening police officers came by to check her property for damage, she said.
Three officers were rushed by ambulance to Boston Medical Center and two of the wounded officers were released by Tuesday night, according to the police department spokesman, Sergeant Detective John Boyle. The third officer would remain hospitalized Wednesday night, Boyle said. The extent of his injuries was not disclosed.
The identity of the man shot and killed by police would not be disclosed until after an autopsy, Boyle said.
Mayor-elect Michelle Wu, who takes the oath of office Nov. 16, spoke about the Ferndale Street incident Wednesday.
“I had the chance to speak with the officers who were involved and on scene, and to share the tremendous gratitude that we have for the risks that they and their families take on every single day,” Wu said .
“We are in a time of tremendous stress and trauma and anxiety across our city. That means we need to put resources into the community,” she added. “It means we need to put resources into the mental health and supports of our city workers across the board, too, especially our first responders.”
Separately Wednesday, police released the name of the man fatally shot by police Saturday after he allegedly stabbed one officer in the neck inside a residence on Ingleside Street, also in Dorchester. He was identified as Michael Quarrles, 37, who lived at the Ingleside residence, police said.
The officer who suffered the stab wound during the confrontation with Quarrles was treated and released from a Boston hospital. Quarrles was shot by a second officer at the scene and their names have not been released while Rollins and the department investigate.
Rollins, whose office created a Discharge Integrity Team in 2019, now has two additional deadly force investigations to oversee while her nomination to become the US attorney for Massachusetts is pending in the US Senate. However, she has not publicly declared her findings for three other deadly force cases dating back to 2019.
Rollins joined Boston Police Superintendent in Chief Gregory Long on Ferndale Street Tuesday night and promised to “conduct a very deep investigation.”
“In the last three days we’ve had multiple police officers harmed and attacked,” Rollins said. “Emotionally disturbed people are everywhere. . . . Just remember it is a very hard job to be a police officer.”
Larry Calderone, president of the Boston Police Patrolmen’s Association, tweeted about the upsurge in attacks on officers in recent days.
“Where’s the outrage when 4 police officers end up in the hospital after being stabbed or shot in 2 separate incidents in less than 72 hours?” he asked. “The violence directed at our officers has never been higher and it needs to end.”
Before Saturday’s fatal confrontation, the last time a Boston police officer shot a suspect was in July, during a traffic stop in Roslindale, as the two struggled over a gun in the suspect’s vehicle, Boyle said recently. That suspect survived and was arrested.
BPPA Pres. Larry Calderone: “Where’s the outrage when 4 police officers end up in the hospital after being stabbed or shot in 2 separate incidents in less than 72 hours? The violence directed at our officers has never been higher and it needs to end.” https://t.co/RXYLuv15Qg— Boston Police Patrolmen's Association (BPPA) (@BostonPatrolmen) November 10, 2021