Independent Agency Report Clears Randolph Police Officer in Pedestrian Accident

RANDOLPH — Randolph Police Chief William Pace reports that a lengthy investigation by the Quincy Police Department has cleared a Randolph Police officer of wrongdoing after the officer accidentally struck a pedestrian while the officer was en route to a domestic violence call in August.

The Randolph Police Department has been transparent and forthcoming with the release of records and audio recordings generated by the Aug. 25 incident. The department has previously released all police radio transmissions from the evening and all 911 calls relating to the incident.

The Quincy report can be downloaded HERE. It is being released to the public with only legally-required redactions.

The report found that the officer braked hard and attempted to steer away from the pedestrian before the crash. The report stated that “this crash was unavoidable and further resulted in non-fatal injuries to [the pedestrian] due to the quick and decisive actions made by [the officer] that evening.”

Additionally of note, the Quincy investigation concluded the following facts:

  • The pedestrian was attempting to cross the roadway outside of a crosswalk at the time
  • The officer had properly activated his emergency lights and siren as he was responding to an emergency call for service
  • The cruiser was traveling approximately 42 mph and the officer was operating the cruiser in a “safe and controlled manner” before the accident

The investigator noted in the report that he met with the accident victim as part of the investigation, but that the victim refused to provide a statement to the investigator.

“This was a deeply unfortunate accident, but it is clear from the outside agency’s report that the accident was unavoidable, and that our Randolph Police Officer made a concerted effort to avoid the crash, which may have made the difference between life and death,” Chief Pace said. “We deeply appreciate the diligence and hard work of the Quincy Police Department in their findings of fact in this matter.”

With the filing of the report, the criminal investigation is now closed.

The Randolph Police Department is also awaiting the results of an external administrative review of the totality of incidents and circumstances on Aug. 25, including the pedestrian’s prior motor vehicle crash.

 

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Randolph Police Make Arrest in June Gas Station Shooting

RANDOLPH — Chief William Pace reports that the Randolph Police Department arrested and charged a man who shot another man in a gas station parking lot in June.

ANTONE JEREMIAH MESSIAH, AGE 28, of BROCKTON was charged with:

  • Assault to Murder
  • Discharging a Firearm within 500 Feet of a Dwelling
  • Carrying a Firearm Without a License

At approximately 2:20 a.m. on June 16, Randolph Police responded to 1370 North Main St., Shell gas station, for a report of a man lying on the floor of the Seasons convenience store after being shot.

The 28-year-old Raynham man was treated by Randolph Fire Department paramedics and was taken by ambulance to a Boston hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The victim was shot once in the midsection.

Witnesses told police that the victim was shot in the parking lot and then walked into the store to seek help.

Through the subsequent investigation, Randolph Police detectives determined that MESSIAH was the man who allegedly shot the victim.

At approximately 12:30 a.m. today, MESSIAH was arrested at his home in Brockton with the assistance of the Brockton Police Department. He was taken into custody by Brockton Police on unrelated charges.

“This was great work by our detectives in thoroughly investigating this incident and identifying and arresting the suspect,” Chief Pace said. “This was a targeted act of violence and we will not tolerate gun violence in our community.”

These are allegations. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty.

 

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Randolph Police Department Investigating After Teens Crash Stolen Vehicle into Church

RANDOLPH — Chief William Pace reports that the Randolph Police Department is investigating after a group of teens crashed a stolen car into a church late Wednesday night.

At approximately 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 24, Randolph Police responded to the International Assembly of God church, 572 South Main St., for a report of a car into a building.

When officers arrived, they saw a Honda Accord that had crashed through a wall of the church. No injuries were reported in the incident.

Through an on-scene investigation, including speaking to witnesses, officers determined that three black teens, approximately 15 to 16 years old, fled from the vehicle following the crash. One of the teens was wearing a black sweatshirt.

The Honda Accord was determined to have been recently stolen from Abington and had a license plate for a Honda Odyssey minivan attached to it.

Randolph Police are seeking to identify the teens that were in the vehicle. Anyone who has information about this incident is asked to call Randolph Police at 781-963-1212.

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Randolph Police Investigating Shooting at Gas Station

RANDOLPH — Chief William Pace reports that the Randolph Police Department is investigating a shooting that took place early Tuesday morning in a gas station parking lot.

At approximately 2:20 a.m., Randolph Police responded to 1370 North Main Street, Shell gas station, for a report of a man lying on the floor of the Seasons convenience store after being shot.

Officers located the victim, a 28-year-old Raynham man, lying on the floor of the store in front of the cash register. The man was treated by Randolph Fire Department paramedics and was taken by ambulance to a Boston hospital. The victim was shot once in the midsection. As of Tuesday morning, his condition was critical but stable.

Witnesses told police that the victim was shot in the parking lot and then walked into the store to seek help. A clerk in the store called 911.

Through the on-scene investigation, officers have determined that the suspect is a black male who was wearing a red hooded sweatshirt and fled in a silver Honda Pilot SUV with a black female driving. The driver fled southbound on North Main Street (Route 28).

Detectives from the Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Norfolk District Attorney’s Office responded to the scene to assist in the investigation.

The incident remains under active investigation. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Randolph Police Department at 781-963-1212.

At this time, there is no evidence to suggest that this incident is related to a shooting that occurred late Saturday night where a woman was shot.

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Randolph Police Investigating Saturday Night Shooting

Police Seeking Public’s Help

RANDOLPH — Chief William Pace reports that the Randolph Police Department is investigating a shooting that took place late Saturday night.

At approximately 11:55 p.m. Saturday, June 13, Randolph Police responded to the parking lot of AutoToys, 517 North Main St., for a report of a person who was shot.

Upon arrival, officers observed a group of people in the parking lot, including first responders and paramedics that were tending to the victim. A 24-year-old Randolph woman was shot once in her right arm. She was transported to a local hospital and her injury is not believed to be life-threatening.

Through an on-scene investigation and speaking with multiple people who were in the area when the shooting occurred, officers learned that the victim was with a group of friends who were in a car parked in the parking lot, when all of a sudden multiple gunshots were fired and the victim was struck.

The rear windshield of the vehicle was shattered. No other injuries were reported.

The victim told police that she was sitting on the lower door frame of the front driver’s side door with the door open, when she saw a black male approach the vehicle from the rear just prior to the shots being fired. The man, who stood approximately 5-foot-8-inches to 5-foot-10-inches tall, was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with his hood up and gray sweat shorts.

Others in the vehicle and nearby neighbors said they did not see any suspects or vehicles fleeing from the area.

In reviewing surveillance footage near the scene, two vehicles were observed in the area of the shooting that appeared to be driving together. Two suspects were observed running from scene and appeared to enter a sedan that was parked behind the second vehicle, believed to be a Ford Explorer, before driving off.

Randolph Police are actively investigating this incident and are seeking the public’s help. Anyone who has information about this incident or saw anything suspicious in the area of Liberty Street and North Main Street last night is asked to call the Randolph Police Department at 781-963-1212.

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Randolph Police Arrest and Charge Driver that Fled from Braintree Officers at South Shore Plaza Monday Night

Randolph Police Chief William Pace and Braintree Police Chief Mark Dubois report that the Randolph Police Department arrested and charged a man who fled from officers in Braintree at South Shore Plaza Monday night.

WESLEY GOODMAN, AGE 20, OF RANDOLPH, was charged by Randolph Police with:

  • Failure to Stop for Police
  • Negligent Operation of a Motor Vehicle
  • Operation of a Motor Vehicle with a Suspended License
  • Operation of an Unregistered Motor Vehicle
  • Operation of an Uninsured Motor Vehicle
  • Number Plate Violation, Attaching Plates
  • Unlawful Possession of Fireworks

Additionally, GOODMAN is facing the following charges from the Briantree Police Department:

  • Failure to Stop for Police
  • Speeding
  • Failure to Stop at a Stop Sign (Two Counts)
  • Operating to Endanger
  • Malicious Destruction of Property Over $250

The incident is still under investigation by Braintree Police and GOODMAN is likely to face additional charges.

A demonstration about the death of George Floyd had been planned at the mall Monday night, June 1, but was cancelled after Braintree Police received reports that there were plans for looting to take place. There was a large police presence at the mall and anyone on the property after 7 p.m., after the last store closed, without a legitimate reason to be there would be asked to leave and potentially faced trespassing charges if they refused to do so.

At approximately 7:15 p.m.Braintree Police attempted to pull over a vehicle after the driver was the speeding in the area of the mall parking lot, going approximately 40 miles per hour in a 15 mile per hour zone.

After refusing to stop and fleeing from officers, the driver of a gray Nissan Altima, later identified as GOODMAN, drove his vehicle through a wooded area and fence abutting the Flaherty Elementary School property in order to flee from police.

Braintree officers called off their brief pursuit and notified area police departments to be on the lookout for the vehicle, which had sustained front-end damage, had its rear bumper hanging off and had a flat tire as a result of driving through the wooded area.

At approximately 7:30 p.m., a Randolph Police officer on patrol on North Main Street observed a gray Nissan Altima with heavy damage, matching the description given by Braintree Police.

The officer pulled behind the vehicle and activated his siren and lights and attempted to stop the driver. GOODMAN allegedly refused to stop and drove through a red light at the intersection of North Main Street and Scanlon Drive.

GOODMAN continued to flee down North Main Street, swerving around other vehicles. Officers pursued GOODMAN as he traveled into Avon onto Harrison Boulevard and eventually onto Route 24 Northbound.

Once on the highway, GOODMAN began to slow down due to the front right tire being down to the rim. Several State Police troopers joined in on the pursuit and were able to box in GOODMAN’S vehicle just after Exit 20B in the breakdown lane where he came to stop.

GOODMAN was placed under arrest without further incident. After detaining and speaking with three passengers in the vehicle, a male and two females, it was determined that GOODMAN was acting on his own and the others were released.

In a search of the vehicle, officers located a large amount of fireworks in the trunk, which were seized by police.

These are allegations. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty.

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Randolph Police Department Thanks Local Business for Donating Face Shields

The Randolph Police Department would like to thank Mostafa Lofti and his company, Lacerta Group Inc., for their generous donation of face shields. It truly is inspiring to see companies going above and beyond to support first responders. Because of their generosity, we were able to distribute the shields to first responders in multiple other communities to keep them safe. Ken Pires, of the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department, was instrumental in coordinating this donation. Detective Michael Tuitt personally delivered the shields to our surrounding cities and towns. In times of adversity, working together and supporting each other is what is needed to persevere. Thank you again!!!

Randolph Police Make Arrest in Monday Night Shooting

RANDOLPH — Chief William Pace reports that the Randolph Police Department arrested and charged a man who shot another man Monday night, March 10.

JASON MUKORO, AGE 23, OF RANDOLPH was charged with:

  • Attempted Murder
  • Carrying a Firearm Without a License
  • Discharging a Firearm Within 500 Feet of a Building
  • Assault with a Dangerous Weapon (Firearm)
  • Possession with Intent to Distribute a Class B Drug (Cocaine)

At approximately 4:50 p.m. on Monday, police responded to the area of 10 and 15 Ward St. for a report of a shooting.

A 28-year-old Randolph man was located at the scene and was transported by a Randolph Fire Department ambulance to a local hospital. He suffered multiple gunshot wounds in the back and his injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

MUKORO fled from the scene on foot. Through the subsequent investigation, it was determined that MUKORO was the man who shot the victim.

MUKORO was arrested near his home without incident Monday night. Police obtained a search warrant to search his home and located and seized the clothes he wore during the shooting and 10.2 grams of cocaine. No weapons were found in the search.

MUKORO is expected to be arraigned Tuesday in Quincy District Court.

These are allegations. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty.

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Randolph Police Investigating Overnight Shooting

RANDOLPH — Chief William Pace reports that the Randolph Police Department is investigating a shooting overnight where a man was shot in the leg.

At approximately 11:20 p.m. Tuesday night, Jan. 21, police responded to the area of West Street and Old West Street for a report of multiple gunshots.

A 911 caller reported that there was a man inside a West Street apartment who was suffering from a gunshot wound. The 18-year-old Hyde Park man was transported by a Randolph Fire Department ambulance to a Boston hospital. His injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

As the investigation continued, officers on scene located a vehicle on the side of the road at the intersection of West Street and Old West Street. The vehicle had been struck multiple times with gunfire and there was blood on the passenger’s side of the vehicle.

A Quincy Police firearm K9 was requested at the scene, however no gun was able to be located. Additionally, members of the Massachusetts State Police Crime Scene Services unit and Crime Prevention and Control (CPAC) unit responded to the scene to assist with the investigation.

At this time, police do not believe that the incident was random and it remains under active investigation. Anyone who may have witnessed any suspicious activity in the area last night is asked to call the Randolph Police Department at 781-963-1212.

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