YARMOUTH, Mass. – Two days after a Yarmouth was shot and killed while serving a warrant, Yarmouth Police say the Massachusetts criminal justice system has failed them.
In a statement released Saturday, Deputy Chief of Police Steven G. Xiarhos said the department will only refer to Officer Sean Gannon’s shooter as “125”, representing the number of prior criminal charges he has on his Board of Probation criminal record in Massachusetts.
Xiarhos then followed up by expressing his disappointment in the state’s criminal justice system.
“The Massachusetts Criminal Justice System has let us down and failed to protect our community and our Yarmouth Police Department,” Xiarhos said.
The statement comes less than 48 hours after 29-year-old suspect Thomas Latanowich allegedly shot Gannon and his K-9, Nero, in the village of Marstons Mills in Barnstable. Nero was wounded in the incident and treated at a veterinary hospital.
Police say Latanowich was hiding in his attic on Blueberry Lane when the shooting occurred and barricaded himself inside for an hour before being arrested.
The department will hold a candlelight vigil for Gannon Saturday night at 7 p.m. at the Yarmouth Police Department headquarters.