Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel Conley says a Boston police officer and a state trooper "acted appropriately" in a shootout that ended with teenager Manuel DaVeiga's death on Navillus Terrace in April of last year.
Boston Officer Greg Bowden and Trooper Walter Foley both fired at DaVeiga after he shot at them at point-blank range in the April 3 incident, which Conley said began when members of the Youth Violence Strike Task Force approached him during an investigation and he drew a gun and then ran. In a letter to BPD Commissioner Ed Davis and State Police Col. Marian McGovern, Conley wrote:
"Our thorough review of the facts and circumstances surrounding the shooting of Mr. DaVeiga determined that two members of the Boston Police Youth Violence Strike Force fired in self-defense after Mr. DaVeiga fired multiple shots at officers, disregarded the safety of other citizens in the area, and ignored verbal commands to drop his gun. The altercation ended only when Mr. DaVeiga - having already fired at least five rounds at pursuing police officers and troopers - put the gun to his own head and fired."