Jury indicts Plymouth man charged with shooting at wife, police
By Patriot Ledger staff
Posted Jul 11, 2018 at 3:01 PM
Updated Jul 11, 2018 at 8:27 PM
BROCKTON – A grand jury has indicted a Plymouth man charged with firing a gun at his wife, a child and several police officers before being shot himself this spring.
Michael Walsh, 36, is facing seven counts each of armed assault to murder and assault with a dangerous weapon as well as two counts of destruction of property over $1,200 and one count each of unlicensed possession of a firearm and firing a gun within 500 feet of a building. The indictment moves his case from district court to superior court, where more serious cases are prosecuted and defendants face longer sentences if convicted.
Walsh was ordered held without bail at his April district court arraignment, which was held at his bedside at Massachusetts General Hospital. His bail on two open cases out of Plymouth and Wareham district courts was also revoked.
Walsh’s arraignment in superior court has not yet been scheduled.
Prosecutors say Walsh’s wife was trying to leave their house on Federal Furnace Road on April 26 when Walsh, who had been abusing her, came out of the house and fired several shots at her as she drove away. Prosecutors say two of the shots hit the car but did not injure the wife or a child who was with her.
When police arrived at the house in response to a 911 call from the wife, prosecutors say Walsh came out the front door and fired a single shot at officers before going back inside. He then returned moments later and fired additional rounds at the five officers outside, hitting some of their vehicles, prosecutors say.
Plymouth police returned fire and hit Walsh as he ran around in the front yard. Walsh fell to the ground and was taken to a Boston hospital in a medical helicopter.
PLYMOUTH – The man accused of shooting at police in West Plymouth in April has been indicted by a Plymouth County grand jury.
Michael Walsh, 36, was indicted Tuesday on seven counts each of armed assault to murder and assault with a dangerous weapon, two counts of destruction of property worth more than $1,200 and single counts of possession of a firearm without an FID card and discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a building.
Walsh will be arraigned on the charges in Superior Court at a later date, District Attorney Timothy Cruz announced Wednesday.
The charges stem from an an April 26 domestic disturbance at Walsh’s home at 622 Federal Furnace Road.
Walsh’s wife reported that evening that he had been abusive and fired several shots at her car, striking it twice, as she left the home with a child.
An investigation found that when local police arrived, Walsh came out of the front door of his house and fired a shot at police before retreating back inside.
Moments later, Walsh once again exited the front door, firing several rounds at the five responding officers. Some of the shots hit police cruisers. None of the officers was wounded.
Plymouth police fired their weapons and struck Walsh as he ran through his front yard. He was airlifted to a Boston hospital for treatment and was later charged in district court with related charges. The indictments elevate the case to Superior Court, where the charges carry more serious potential penalties.
Walsh has been held without bail since the shooting.
Plymouth Police recently welcomed seven new recruits to the department.
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Left: Five new Plymouth police officers graduated from the Plymouth Police Academy last week. From left are officers Richard Smythe, Thomas Foley, Chief Michael Botieri, Brett Walsh, Eric Coon and Andrew Barry.
Right: Officer Ryan Croak is a recent transfer from the Rockland Police Department. Officer Kyle Gorham graduated from the Randolph Police Academy in June.
PLYMOUTH – Local police recently welcomed seven new recruits to the department.
Officer Ryan Croak is a recent transfer from the Rockland Police Department. Officer Kyle Gorham graduated from the Randolph Police Academy in June. Officers Richard Smythe, Thomas Foley, Brett Walsh, Eric Coon and Andrew Barry graduated from the Plymouth Police Academy last week.
The officers filled vacancies created through retirement and other attrition.
Last week’s graduates are now completing a two-week orientation and will be partnered this month with veteran officers for additional field training. Gorham is currently partnered with an officer for field training. Croak is already assigned to patrol duties.
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PLYMOUTH – Officer Alex South recently represented local police in the annual Special Olympics police cruiser convoy to Harvard Stadium.
South joined officers from around the state in convoying to the stadium to recognize Special Olympic athletes. South helped present medals to athletes at the stadium.