2 suspects in Orange shooting incident held

Staff Writer
Published: 1/20/2021 5:13:09 PM

ORANGE — The two suspects in custody in connection with a shooting in Orange on Friday morning have been arraigned.

Orange Police Chief James Sullivan said that Conan Gentile was arraigned Friday on charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (firearm), misleading a police investigation, intimidating a witness/juror/police/court official and illegal possession of a firearm. He is being held at the Franklin County House of Correction in Greenfield and will be back in Orange District Court on Jan. 26 for a dangerousness hearing.

Additionally, Michael Coleman, 40, of Townsend, was arraigned on two counts of interfering with a police investigation and one charge of accessory after the fact. He was being held at the Orange Police Station. Sullivan said Coleman was originally arrested in Westminster on outstanding warrants, and was arrested again Tuesday in connection with the shooting.

Sullivan maintains there is no danger to the public at this time.

According to an email from Mary Carey, spokesperson for the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office, a woman was shot inside a Lois Street residence at approximately 9:30 a.m. on Friday. The victim was taken to a nearby hospital and was expected to survive.

Massachusetts State Police spokesperson David Procopio said units responded around midday Friday to assist Westminster Police with a barricaded suspect, later identified as Gentile, at the Rodeway Inn on East Main Street in Westminster. Gentile was taken into custody at roughly 1 p.m. by troopers assigned to the Massachusetts State Police Special Tactical Operations (STOP) Team.

A State Police K-9 unit and a trooper from the State Police bomb squad also responded. The bomb squad trooper “was prepared to deploy a robot into the room where the suspect was barricaded in order to provide the teams outside the room visual situational awareness of the suspect’s position,” according to Procopio. However, Gentile left the room and was apprehended prior to the robot’s deployment.

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