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Armed Teen Killed In Shootout With Police

Armed Teen Killed In Shootout With Police

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Boston Globe via YellowBrix

April 05, 2010

BOSTON – Devastated by the recent death of a close friend, Manuel “Junior’’ DaVeiga went to pay condolences to the family Saturday night and then visited a makeshift memorial to him on Navillus Terrace in Dorchester, friends said.

Moments after he arrived at the memorial, DaVeiga was engaged in a shoot-out with police.

He died of gunshot wounds. It remains unclear whether the shot that killed him came from police or his own gun, according to two law enforcement sources with knowledge of the investigation.

John Cardosa, who grew up with 19-year-old DaVeiga near the site of the shooting, said he and several other friends were standing by the memorial when they heard two shots ring out and saw numerous police officers rush in their direction.

“Then there were more shots and more shots,’’ said Cardosa. “They didn’t have to shoot him like that, 15 times. He was running away and they just kept shooting at him.’’

Eddy Chrispin, Boston police spokesman, said yesterday, “Based on preliminary investigation, it appears he fired on us, and officers returned fire.’’

DaVeiga was among several men standing on a corner who were approached by police about 9:41, according to police. The teen fled when officers drew near, Chrispin said.

Police were in the area to question people who had been gathering at the memorial, made of candles, flowers, and liquor bottles, erected several days ago for 17-year-old Andrew Tavares, according to the two law enforcement officials.

Tavares, who was shot to death March 28 on Maywood Street in Roxbury, was a childhood friend of DaVeiga.

A police official, who requested anonymity because the case remains under investigation, said officers believed DaVeiga was involved in some of the gun-related violence that has been plaguing the area the past couple of weeks and wanted to talk to him.

The two law enforcement officials said officers believed DaVeiga was a gang member and carried a gun. When the officers approached DaVeiga, he fled, then turned around and began firing at them, the sources said. The officers returned fire, they said.

An autopsy will be conducted today, they said.

At the scene of the shooting Saturday night, Police Superintendent Daniel Linskey said police were investigating whether DaVeiga might have been shot with his own weapon.

One of the two sources said DaVeiga was shot in the head and stomach.

DaVeiga’s sister, Carla, said yesterday at the family home in Quincy that her brother wasn’t a troublemaker and was trying to make his life better. He was working toward obtaining his GED and had aspirations of going to college, she said.

“My brother would never kill himself,’’ she said. “He didn’t have the greatest life but he wouldn’t kill himself. He wouldn’t take the easy way out. The cops are the ones who are cowards. They shot him 15 times.’’

  • Car6_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Glad no one else was hurt, good job officers!

  • Blue_line_decal_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Yes, that's right, the cops are cowards they shot him 15 times. I say they showed great restraint by only shooting him 15 times, they could have shot a lot more, I'm sure they had more bullets. People need to learn that cops shoot til the threat stops, and typically that's not going to be the first or even third bullet. It takes a while for the body to fall down and realize it's dead.

  • Mourning_badge_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Shoot at the cops and you've got to expect return fire dummy. Cops 1, Gang-bangers zip! Glad the Officers get to go home without injuries one more night.

  • White_shirt_max50


    over 4 years ago


    He wrote the script. The "Big Sleep"

  • Image_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Glad the officers went home. That punk got what he deserved. The media is trying to make him look like he is a poster boy and he is nothing but a coward and a criminal.

  • Angel_kincaid_park_2014_max50


    over 4 years ago


    If your going to dabble in this form of activity you will go down, it's just a matter of when.
    Glad all the offcers went home

  • Ba_old_glory_max50


    over 4 years ago


    blucas80 you are right on the money. People in our day don't accept responsibility. I see it every day. It's ALWAYS my fault when a citizen parks right in front of a tow away sign.

  • Cars---mater-02_max50


    over 4 years ago


    I agree with blucas80. Someone always tries to turn things around.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago


    It always amazes me that when somebody shoots at the police and is in return, shot and killed, their family always blames the police. This is the biggest problem with our society today...everybody has a huge sense of entitlement and nobody thinks that the consequences they recieve for their act are ever justified. Guess shoot at the police, there is a damn good chance they are going to return fire!!!

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago

    "...Devastated by the recent death of a close friend, Manuel “Junior’’ DaVeiga went to pay condolences to the family Saturday night and then visited a makeshift memorial to him on Navillus Terrace in Dorchester..."

    Really...? Gotta love the tone the Media puts into this incident...
    I mean, from the above one gets the impression he was a nice kid that just wanted to pay respects to his beloved friend... Right? YEAH, RIGHT..!!!

    This was a gang-banger at the memorial of another gang-banger, ready to impose his own form of revenge into other gang-bangers responsible for his friends death...
    They are all of them, responsible for the gang violence around the area... He was a thug that lived by the gun, and died by gun... Nothing else.

    Textbook to me: Stop the threat and go home and the end of the tour.
    Good job by the Boston PD.

    Thumbs up.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago


    Good job by the officers invloved, perp shot at them and they ended the threat.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago


  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago

    He probably had a death wish.Everyone knows if you shot at the police they will shoot back.

  • Wtc-eagle3-b_max50


    over 4 years ago


    He's perp and so is his family and friends. Good Riddance. Another dead criminal... don't shoot at the police.

  • Untitled_max50


    over 4 years ago


    This is very sad all around but shoot at cops and be prepared to be shot back at.

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