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By Maureen Boyle
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Posted Jul 24, 2008 @ 02:18 AM

BROCKTON -
The police officer opened fire on the vehicle as it barreled toward him on Pine Street Tuesday night.
A police officer who opened fire on a van as it barreled toward him on Pine Street was justified in shooting, a preliminary investigation found.
"It looks, based on the investigation so far, that it was a justified shooting," Police Chief William Conlon said Wednesday.
Officer Sylverson Robinson was responding, with his partner, Tuesday evening to reports of a large fight on Pine Street and that at least one person may have had a gun.
When he arrived there shortly after 5 p.m., about 50 people were in front of 206 Pine St. and two men and two women were fighting in the street.
As officers approached, some people in the crowd began to flee, authorities said.
The chief said a van, with at least one of the men seen fighting inside it, drove toward Robinson.
"It was going right at him," Conlon said.
Robinson repeatedly ordered the driver to stop but, as it got closer to him with the engine revving, he opened fire while jumping out of the way, authorities said.
The van swerved, striking a car that was trying to cross Pine Street. No injuries were reported, the chief said.
The driver of the van, Isuca Aruta, 19, of 25 Meadow Drive, Raynham, was charged with two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon, failure to stop for a police officer, reckless operation and resisting arrest.
One of the passengers in the van, Emmanuel Teixeira, 18, of 73 Weston St., Brockton, was charged with affray, disorderly conduct, disturbing the peace, resisting arrest and malicious destruction of property.
Another passenger in the car, Wayne Ruffin, was out on parole and wearing an ankle monitoring device. His parole officer was notified. Another man in the van, David Stuart, was on probation. Neither of the men were charged.

http://www.enterprisenews.com/news/x1816443624/Brockton-officer-cleared-after-firing-at-van
 
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