Following a three-month investigation by New Bedford Police, two people from Fall River have been indicted in connection to the January 28 shooting of a police officer’s home in the Brickenwood development.

Devon Jerre Heing, 24, 129 Melville St. Apt. 2, Fall River, was charged with unlawful
possession of firearm, malicious destruction of property under $1200, and attempted
assault by discharging a firearm.

Anh Pich, 30, 129 Melville St. Apt. 2, Fall River, was charged with vandalism, accessory
to malicious destruction of property under $1200, and accessory to attempted assault by
discharging a firearm.

Both were indicted by a grand jury and will be arraigned in Fall River Superior Court on May 27.

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At approximately 8 a.m. on January 28, New Bedford Police were dispatched to 43 Yale Street on a report of past shots fired. During the investigation, detectives learned that shots were fired around 2:30 a.m. A vehicle was identified early on in the investigation, and was found to be abandoned.

WBSM’s Barry Richard first broke the story of the incident on-air, with recently-retired New Bedford Police Chief Joseph Cordeiro later giving conflicting statements to Richard about whether or not a BOLO was sent out warning other officers that they could be in danger.

What followed was a call for more transparency with the police department from the New Bedford City Council and response from the New Bedford Police Union questioning Cordeiro’s leadership in the matter. Cordeiro later issued a video addressing the incident, which also drew condemnation from the union, but did not appear at a hearing of the city council’s Committee on Public Safety and Neighborhoods to answer councilors’ questions on the incident.

Acting Police Chief Paul Oliveira credited the work of those involved in the investigation, and said there will be more information to come on the situation.

“It takes an incredible amount of time and effort for an investigation of this nature to take
place and it’s worth it to ensure the public safety of our city. Credit for this outcome goes
to all officers who were involved with the initial response, detectives, and the District
Attorney’s office for its cooperation. With the conclusion of the investigation, we will be
conducting an after action report,” Oliveira said.

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