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Police: Man in gun battle with officers fired first

Police tonight identified the man shot to death in a firefight with police on Dorchester Avenue today as Roudy Hendricks, 20, of Brockton.

At a press conference, Police Commissioner Ed Davis said Hendricks had a lengthy and violent record. In 2010, at aged 17, Hendricks was arrested with another teen on a variety of gun charges, including possession of a large capacity-feeding device. The Globe, however, reports he was found not guilty on the charge earlier this year.

Davis said two veteran officers, Harry Jean and Terry Cotton, both with 24 years of service, were recovering tonight. Cotton was shot twice in the leg while Jean had a bullet graze his leg.

Both officers were in plainclothes and doing surveillance for a drug investigation when they noticed two men on Dorchester Avenue at Shepton doing something suspicious around 1:45 p.m., Davis said. The officers got out of their car, identified themselves as police officers and then:

The two individuals reached into their clothing. At least one individual pulled out a gun and fired at the officers. The officers returned fire. Both police officers were hit.

Davis did not say what the men were doing that was suspicious, but said they were not targets of the drug investigation. However, a source says the two men were actually shooting at each other when Cotton and Jean pulled up - and that the stopped shooting at each other and began aiming at the officers.

Police are continuing to search for a second suspect, described as black, thin, with braided hair and wearing a maroon shirt with stripes.

Davis added that a house searched at 18 Lonsdale St. turned out to be unrelated to the gunfight. He could not confirm a report that there was also a gunman in an SUV spotted shortly before the shootings.

Davis said this is the second time in about a week that Boston Police officers have been violently attacked.

DA Dan Conley said his office will conduct a review of the incident, due to the use of fatal force.

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Another upstanding young lad with a long criminal record, why am I not surprised?

Let go all the people currently locked up for getting caught selling that single extra dime bag they didn't smoke (or in some cases simply smoking a joint,) implement a mandatory three year sentence for illegal firearm possession combined with stop and frisk-type program so 95% of the armed thugs don't walk on a technicality like they do now, and suddenly you'll see a huge drop in both violent crime and prison population.

Bleeding hearts just don't get it - a thug will always find a gun regardless of the gun control laws as long as he's not locked up, but a gun won't shoot anyone if the thug who wants to shoot it is locked up. Goon control before gun control.

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I'm not a bleeding heart, but your stop and frisk suggestion is disgusting.

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What good are tough gun laws when they aren't being enforced? Out here, it normally takes a cop seeing the perp murdering someone with a gun to make illegal gun charges stick, the rest fly right through the admissibility of evidence loophole. NYC's income disparity and concentrated poverty issues are way worse than Boston's, yet somehow Boston's murder rate is twice as high as NYC's, why do you think that's the case? It used to be Wild West over there back in the days, do you think criminals magically decided to put away their guns as soon as Guiliani showed up? Or could it be that they're afraid to walk around with guns knowing there's a good chance some random cop on the street will find those guns, they're automatically going to the slammer and there won't be a lawyer screaming "profiling, illegal arrest!" in court? Sure, targeted killigs still do happen, but not the usual "imma walk around and shoot me some H-block/Heath St/Villa/etc fools (and innocent bystanders, because i like holding my gun sideways) if i see 'em" BS that's so common around here. True, there aren't many guns turning up nowadays, but doesn't that indicate the program's success (i.e. police succeeded in getting the guns off the streets,) not its failure? Say what you want, but murder rate stats don't lie.

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Anyone who is libertarian or liberal can plainly see that stop and frisk over reaches rights that a state should have.

If you want to give the government the right to search you any time, any place, for any reason then you should consider re-reading the constitution.

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you clearly don't live in an area affected by the STOP AND FRISK POLICY BOSTON ALREADY HAS!

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I live in Dorchester and I watch constantly as BPD harass and profile young black men all the time. My fiancé and I walked to the health center for my weekly pregnancy appointment and as we were walking back home the detectives decided to stop us and question my fiancé. They questioned him and then began to search him. What was the reason? I asked them why they stopped us and asked for their badge numbers and I was ignored. They found nothing on my fiancé so they returned to their car, one officer then sarcastically "do you need a ride" laughed and they drove off!

Good ole BPD

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That's the way occupying armies end up treating the local population, no matter how principled, civilized, or well-supervised the individuals making up that army are. See the Stanford Prison Experiment for more insight into this phenomenon. It's what causes thoughtful Israeli politicians to point out that occupying territory by force is not only bad for the occupants, it's morally destructive of the occupiers.

It follows that the solution is not better discipline or better supervision for the police (although those are both necessary), but instead breaking down the culture that causes police to see themselves as an occupying army. The whole "thin blue line," "we are fundamentally different from and apart from the people we serve," attitude is understandable, but it leads to all kinds of problems, and needs to be counteracted.

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u the realest dude on the page

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Officers Harry Jean and Terry cotton were investigating an unrelated case when they saw 2 'suspicious' looking individual so they decided to approach them (while in plain clothes mind you) and one of these alleged suspicious suspects just decided to open fire........... GIVE ME A BREAK. There is obviously more to this story then BPD is telling us. Someone should request the internal affair records on these two cops.

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