Elderly Taunton Man Arrested After Fatal Assault, Police Standoff
TAUNTON — An elderly Taunton man has been arrested after a police standoff following the shooting death of his wife outside their home Sunday night.
According to the Bristol County District Attorney's Office, 86-year-old Edmund Silveira was arrested following a standoff after first responders arrived at the scene of a reported shooting at 881 Bay Street just before 9 p.m. Sunday.
There they found 71-year-old Dianne Silveira suffering serious injuries in the driveway.
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The victim was rushed to Morton Hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 9:23 p.m.
After the shooting, the D.A.'s office said, the suspect fled back inside their home.
A local SWAT team was contacted for assistance in establishing a secure perimeter while crisis negotiators were on their way.
A tactical robot gained entry to the home and allowed investigators to determine that the suspect was unconscious.
He was rushed to Rhode Island Hospital for several wounds to his wrist and neck, which appeared to be self-inflicted knife wounds, according to the D.A.'s office.
Silveira is currently charged with assault and battery with a firearm while the investigation continues.
According to the D.A.'s office, he is unable to be arraigned until he is medically cleared and remains hospitalized.
Massachusetts State Police detectives assigned to the district attorney's office, Homicide Unit prosecutors and Taunton Police are investigating.
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