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June 08, 2006
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Man with gun dies during warrant attempt

Kim Ring, Telegram & Gazette Staff
Telegram & Gazette
Copyright 2006 Worcester Telegram & Gazette, Inc.
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EAST BROOKFIELD- A man died from a single gunshot wound after state police attempted to serve him with a warrant last evening, police said.

State police went to a home at 123 Pleasant St. after being asked to assist in a domestic violence investigation about 6:50 p.m., state police Lt. Sharon Costine said.

Part-time Police Officer Robert D. Morrow, who has been a member of the East Brookfield Police Department since the early 1990s, and his wife, Denise L. Morrow, live at the home, according to a town street directory.

State police approached the suspect to serve a warrant and police observed that the suspect had a gun, Lt. Costine said. One shot was fired and the suspect was struck in the chest. He was taken to UMass Memorial Medical Center - University Campus in Worcester, where he was pronounced dead.

One discharged shell casing was found at the scene, state police said, and the casing was consistent with the suspect's weapon.

Police last night would not disclose the name of the shooting victim pending notification of the victim's family members.

Neighbors, however, said they saw Officer Morrow carried from the back of his home to a waiting ambulance, which raced from the scene.

One resident from the area said he saw Officer Morrow drive into his driveway, followed by a car with "flashing lights." The man asked that his name not be used and said he heard someone yell, "Get down, get down!" just before the shooting.

Police from Sturbridge, Brookfield, East Brookfield and North Brookfield converged on the scene as word of a reported shooting was broadcast over police radios. A state police helicopter circled overhead.

The area is not far from the former Town Hall, where the police station is located.

Onlookers were cleared from the area and moved off private property nearby.

East Brookfield is the state's youngest town and has been the scene of just one murder, in 1990.

In that case, Robert Fafard of Leicester allegedly lured his wife to a strip mall in an area known as the flats and gunned her down in front of their children. He was sentenced to life in prison in 1991.

Harold A. Gushue of the Telegram & Gazette staff contributed to this report 
June 7, 2006

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