Updated with arraignment information.
Boston Police report arresting one of their own for the gunshot injuries his wife suffered Monday afternoon when he shot her in the hip in their home at 2 Garfield Ave., off Truman Parkway, in Hyde Park.
Korey Franklin, 32 and off-duty at the time, was arraigned today in West Roxbury Municipal Court on charges of reckless assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and misleading investigators. In Massachusetts, there are two types of assault-and-battery charges involving weapons - "intentional" and, for cases in which the suspect did not intend to shoot the victim, "reckless."
Ian Polumbaum, chief of the Suffolk County District Attorney's Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Unit, asked for bail of $5,000. Judge Lisa Ann Grant released Franklin on personal recognizance, but ordered him to surrender all his firearms and not leave the state without permission of the probation department. He must also undergo a psychiatric evaluation.
According to the DA's office:
Boston Police and Boston Emergency Medical Services responded to Franklin’s home just after 1:00 pm on Dec. 24 after a 911 call for a person shot. That call was followed by a second one in which Franklin stated that the injured party, an adult female, had shot herself. The victim was transported to a Boston hospital with a gunshot wound that was not life-threatening.
Franklin told responding officers that the victim had shot herself accidentally while trying to put a personal firearm - not Franklin’s service weapon - into a gun safe. This statement was contradicted by physical aspects of the crime scene and other evidence gathered by investigators. This evidence indicated that Franklin was manipulating the gun in the living room and ejected at least two live rounds of ammunition by moving its slide back and forth. In the course of these actions, prosecutors say, the weapon discharged and the bullet struck the victim several feet away.
In 2017, Franklin and three fellow gang-unit officers were honored with the Boston Police Foundation's Ezekiel Hodson Police Officer of the Year Award. The foundation honored them for their response to a shots-fired call at Southern Avenue and Darlington Street in Dorchester on Jan. 11, 2017 that ended with them capturing a man who kept trying to aim his gun at them.
Franklin joined Boston Police as a cadet in 2007. He joined the Youth Violence Strike Force - the gang unit - in 2013.