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By Grant Welker
Herald News Staff Reporter
Posted Nov 10, 2008 @ 06:32 PM
Last update Nov 10, 2008 @ 06:34 PM

Westport -

A 34-year-old woman was shot in the back of the head as she sat in the bedroom of her State Road apartment while her boyfriend and his brother argued in the next room late Sunday night.
Her boyfriend's brother, a fugitive with a violent past, shot his sawed-off shotgun through the wall, hitting the woman in the head, back and hand with birdshot, according to police.
Darlene Miranda was driven to Charlton Memorial Hospital in Fall River around 11:30 p.m. by her live-in boyfriend, Donald Guillemette Jr., while he called police. Police officers from Westport, Fall River and state units responded to the apartment at 231 State Road with a special tactics and operations team similar to a SWAT team, said Westport police spokesman Detective Jeff Majewski.
But William Guillemette, 29, had already fled to his apartment at 582 S. Main St. in Fall River. The special operations unit forced entry into the apartment, where Guillemette was caught by surprise, Majewski said. Guillemette was wanted for home invasion and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, he said.
He was arraigned in Fall River District Court Monday and charged with home invasion, assault and battery, carrying a loaded firearm unlawfully, armed assault with intent to murder, assault with a dangerous weapon and unlawful possession of ammunition.
He was also charged under the Career Criminal Act because he had three previous convictions and was charged with two counts of intimidating a witness for telling his brother and Miranda that he would kill them if they told police about the incident, according to Majewski.
"We took a very dangerous firearm off the street," Majewski said. "His brother (Donald) said he was known to carry it every place he went."
Miranda was released from the hospital Monday morning, the spokesman said. She and her boyfriend could possibly face charges, too, he said, because they and family members weren't forthcoming, and perhaps misleading, to police about the incident.
Majewski said he wasn't too sure what Donald, 30, and William were arguing about. But the brothers struggled over control over the 20-gauge shotgun before William shot and hit Miranda through the wall. The shotgun shells were filled with birdshot, small pellets that spray from the bullet after being fired, he said.
She was hit in the back of the head and back, and in the hand she had covering the back of her head, according to police. Majewski said Guillemette knew Miranda was behind the wall.
After officers found that William Guillemette was no longer in his brother's Westport apartment, they received a search warrant for his apartment near Kennedy Park in Fall River and found the shotgun in a closet, police said. Majewski said he doesn't believe Guillemette resisted arrest. But "he made statements that he wasn't going to be taken alive," he added. "That's another reason why we took such extreme measures to get our goal accomplished as safe as we could."
Guillemette has spent time in jail and was on probation, according to Majewski, and the two warrants for his arrest were issued Oct. 17.
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