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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Statement of Randolph Police Chief William Pace Regarding Crash Involving Pedestrian and Police Cruiser

RANDOLPH — Chief William Pace issues the following statement regarding last week’s incident involving a crash between a pedestrian and Randolph Police cruiser.

“As we have previously reported, at approximately 9:20 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 25, the Randolph Police and Fire Departments responded to the area of North Main Street and Grove Street for a report of a pedestrian crash involving a police cruiser and a 29-year-old Randolph man.

“The first thing I want to express is my sincere empathy to the victim and his family. I have reached out and have spoken with the victim’s family. As the investigation into this matter is still open and being conducted by an outside agency, I am extremely limited in what I can say at this time.”

“The victim was struck by the cruiser of an officer who was en route to a domestic violence call, with his lights and siren activated. The officer immediately stopped and rendered aid to the pedestrian before the Randolph Fire Department arrived to transport him to a Boston hospital. As is standard procedure during a crash involving a police cruiser, we referred the investigation to an outside agency, the Quincy Police Department. I have placed the officer on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation. Quincy is performing a reconstruction of the incident and an investigation which will include reviewing Randolph Police Department policies and procedures and determining the speed of the cruiser at the time of the crash.

“At this time, I cannot comment about specific details of the crash investigation, however I would like to address some questions and confusion expressed by members of the community to the media and on social media.

“I am aware that the victim had been involved in a motor vehicle crash earlier that evening. An audio recording has been posted online of an interaction between the victim and a police officer during aftermath of the original crash. This recording is of a different police officer, and there was a disagreement about towing the vehicle from the scene. However, the vehicle could not be safely driven due to the crash, was unregistered and uninsured and the driver was unlicensed, so the vehicle had to be towed by law.

“The officer whose cruiser struck the victim was responding to a domestic incident from the police station. Our preliminary reports indicate that the officer did not know who the person he struck was until he was briefed by other officers later.

“We have absolutely no information at this time to indicate that this was anything other than a deeply unfortunate accident.

“The Randolph Police Department is committed to a thorough finding of fact in this matter. In addition to referring the crash investigation to the Quincy Police Department, our department will retain an independent outside professional to conduct a thorough administrative review of the original crash, the pedestrian crash and all communications and dispatch procedures before, during and after both incidents. We are committed to preventing all manner of crashes and accidents involving pedestrians.

“We will make the results of the investigation public, to the extent that the law allows.”

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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 Department Reminds Residents that Use of Fireworks is Illegal in Massachusetts

As the Fourth of July and summer celebrations approach, Chief William Pace and the Randolph Police Department would like to remind residents that the use of fireworks is illegal in Massachusetts. 

It is illegal to use, possess or sell fireworks of any kind in Massachusetts, including Class C fireworks, which are sometimes falsely called “safe and sane fireworks.” Class C fireworks include sparklers, party poppers, snappers, firecrackers, spinners, cherry bombs and more. Additionally, residents are prohibited from purchasing fireworks elsewhere and transporting them into the state.

The Randolph Police Department will be adding special patrols over the coming weeks to respond to late night illegal fireworks activity in the town. Residents can make fireworks complaints at 781-963-1212. Residents should not wait to call or reach out on social media.

From 2010-2019, 858 major fires and explosions were reported to the Massachusetts Fire Incident Reporting System (MFIRS) due to the use of illegal fireworks. These incidents caused 12 civilian injuries, 40 firefighter injuries and a loss of approximately $2.9 million.

The Randolph Police Department recommends that residents only attend displays put on by a licensed professional to ensure safety.

“While fireworks displays are a fun and entertaining way to spend your time outdoors during the summer, they often pose serious risks when not handled properly,” said Chief Pace. “Only licensed professionals should handle fireworks. Any fireworks, including sparklers, fire crackers and cherry bombs, can not be used by residents in Massachusetts.”

Residents should always: 

  • Watch fireworks displays from a safe distance.
  • Call 911 if anyone gets injured by fireworks.
  • Set a positive example for children by not using illegal fireworks. If kids see adults using them, they may not realize the dangers and could be encouraged to pick up matches or lighters.
  • Be careful around even the smallest fireworks. Sparklers burn at 1,800 degrees and could easily cause severe burns and injuries.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the misuse of fireworks can cause death and injuries including severe burns, contusions, lacerations, eye injuries and more. 

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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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Statement of Randolph Police Chief William Pace Regarding Death of George Floyd and Actions of Minneapolis Police

RANDOLPH — Chief William Pace and the men and women of the Randolph Police Department condemn the actions of the Minneapolis Police officers which resulted in the death of George Floyd last week.

“The role of a police officer at its very core is the preservation of life and the welfare of the community. The safety of all human beings is the number one priority with any and every person an officer interacts with daily, whether a victim, a witness or a suspect,” Chief Pace said. “The Randolph Police Department will always be committed to providing the best possible service to the community in a dignified and equitable fashion. Officers are trained to approach every situation with respect, compassion and fairness, and these are all traits that were not present in the treatment of George Floyd.”

Police departments and their officers across Massachusetts have thoroughly embraced the six pillars of the principles embodied in the final report of President Barack Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing, and remain committed to professional conduct, democratic policing and procedural justice for all people. Massachusetts police officers, including those of the Randolph Police Department, are not trained to apply pressure to the neck or throat and to never place a suspect on their face.

Additionally, the Randolph Police Department is committed to meeting and maintaining the top standards of law enforcement through accreditation by the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission (MPAC). The department regularly reviews internal policies regarding use of force and its training on de-escalation techniques and fair and impartial policing. The reforms made over the years have promoted greater accountability and fulfilled training needs, resulting in a declining crime rate and no excessive force complaints in the last 10 years.

“George Floyd’s death was certainly preventable had the Minneapolis officers on scene maintained their professionalism and honored the oaths they swore when beginning their careers. It is our responsibility to hold responsible the officers who tarnish the reputation of this profession through unjust and unreasonable action or inaction,” Chief Pace said. “We know that the effectiveness of our profession can only be possible with the trust of the community in which we serve.”

As communities struggle with the emotions that arose from the injustice that occurred in Minneapolis and the wave of both peaceful and violent protests across the nation which followed, the Randolph Police Department denounces acts of violence but encourages community members to peacefully voice their opinion, as is their constitutional right.

In the coming days, Chief Pace will meet with community members and leaders to explain the department’s commitment to methods that keep Randolph safe while also guarding the constitutional protections of its people.

“I believe our officers have a great deal of community support in Randolph. We always value an open dialogue with members of our community on all matters, including how we can continue to evolve as a law enforcement organization,” Chief Pace said.

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A Statement from Randolph Police Chief William Pace

RANDOLPH — The following is a statement from Randolph Police Chief William Pace:

“The Randolph Police Department is currently actively investigating multiple acts of vandalism at a local church. Our department responded to the International Assembly of God church at 572 South Main St. in Randolph four times between April 6 and May 2 for reports of vandalism ranging from broken windows to smashed light bulbs.

“During each call, our officers collected evidence and searched the area for information that could lead to identifying the suspect or suspects. Detectives have canvassed the area looking for surveillance video that may help to identify the perpetrator or perpetrators. Our officers have been conducting increased surveillance in the area in the hopes of identifying who is responsible for these unacceptable acts of vandalism.

“Although the frequency of incidents at this location is concerning, based on the evidence we have at this time, there is no specific indication right now that this should be classified as a hate crime. If new evidence comes to light that these acts are indeed a hate crime, we will investigate it as such and anyone charged with these incidents will be charged accordingly.

“In an additional incident of vandalism that took place on April 17 to a vehicle parked outside of the church building, a person was photographed on video surveillance from a distance and is described as a black male, wearing black clothing, who left the area in a black 2013-2017 Honda Accord, toward Avon. A surveillance video showed that the vehicle’s license plate began with the letter H. The suspect vehicle has aftermarket and distinctive “five star” rims. This person is a person of interest in each of the church vandalism incidents and police would like to speak with this individual.

“We urge anyone with information about these incidents to contact the Randolph Police Department at 781-963-1212.”

“Because this investigation is active and ongoing, there will be no further information released at this time.”

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