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State Police: Trooper shot man in Brockton who pointed weapon at him

A State Police trooper shot and wounded a Fall River man who allegedly pointed a gun at him during a confrontation Saturday morning near a Brockton residential complex, according to a State Police spokesman.

Twenty-five-year-old Claude W. Brown-Madison, was shot in the lower body and suffered an injury that was not believed to be life-threatening, David Procopio, a State Police spokesman, said in a statement. He remained hospitalized Saturday night at Boston Medical Center, under State Police watch, Procopio said.

Brown-Madison was charged with armed assault with intent to murder, assault with a dangerous weapon, and several firearms violations. He will be arraigned when doctors determine he is medically able, Procopio said.

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State Police would not disclose what triggered the confrontation, but Procopio said Brown-Madison “was armed during the incident and pointed a firearm at the trooper.” That firearm was recovered at the scene following the shooting, he said.

“The facts and circumstances that led to the trooper’s confrontation with the suspect remain part of the ongoing investigation,” Procopio said.

The Plymouth district attorney’s office has referred parts of the case to two other district attorneys “because of a potential appearance of a conflict of interest,” Procopio said.

Procopio said the Cape and Islands district attorney’s office “will oversee the investigation of the shooting and will determine whether the use of potentially lethal force was justified under the law.”

The Essex district attorney’s office will handle the prosecution of Brown-Madison.

The incident unfolded before 9 a.m. Saturday when the trooper, who was not identified, shot Brown-Madison during a confrontation next to a building that is part of a complex on Colonel Bell Drive, Procopio said.

“After the trooper shot the suspect and secured him, the trooper rendered first aid to him,” Procopio said.

Following the shooting, other State Police troopers and Brockton police officers arrived on scene to assist, Procopio said.

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Brown-Madison was initially taken to Good Samaritan Hospital in Brockton for treatment of his injury. He was later transferred to Boston Medical Center.

The trooper, who was not shot, was evaluated at Good Samaritan Hospital and released. He was placed on standard administrative leave for five days, in accordance with State Police policy, Procopio said.

“The purpose of that leave is to provide any trooper who shoots a suspect time to focus on his or her personal wellness after a potentially traumatic incident,” he said.

Brown-Madison also faces charges of assault by means of a dangerous weapon, committing a firearm violation while having a record that includes at least three prior violent or drug crimes, unlawful possession of a firearm, and possession of a firearm or ammunition without an FID card.


John Hilliard can be reached at john.hilliard@globe.com. Alejandro Serrano can be reached at alejandro.serrano@globe.com.