Gang-unit cop charged with shooting his wife in their Hyde Park home; police say he lied to detectives

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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.

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Gun storage procedure?

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My dad used to empty the bullets and put it in a locked drawer, but I think that was just his way of securing his service weapon at home.

Everyone else in the state has to lock up their guns - what's the deal here? Did he just shoot her and now they ain't talking?

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thoughts

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If he accidentally discharged his firearm he should have said so. Now it appears he is a unreliable witness unless detectives got it wrong. Mitigating circumstances go to sentencing not the finding.

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It's possible it wasn't accidental

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But also possible that it wasn't accidental but he didn't intend to shoot his wife (if that is what happened). That's where the "reckless" part of the assault and battery with a dangerous weapons charge might come in - normally, in shooting cases, the suspect is charged with "intentional" assault and battery.

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My father had a similare

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Method having two curious boys. The bullets and the firearms were always stored separately in the house.

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Ditto

My mother took the pistols apart and stored the ammo separately. The shotguns and rifles were on the wall, but those required a bit more skill.

I would be curious to hear what the rules/procedures are for service weapons at home, given that MA is so tough on guns that I haven't bothered to do the paperwork to bring my gun into the state.

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The rules are the same as any other firearm..

Although many police departments can add procedures for off duty "carry" etc. Like if you want to carry your service weapon in public, you need to wear your badge with it. If you get caught though, you don't get criminally charged, you would just face workplace discipline.

But the law is that firearms must be "locked" in a place where others do not have access to them. There are of course tons of situations that may arise where the law could be tested but in general the firearm must be "locked". Being unloaded or loaded does not matter.

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BPD Gun cleaning

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Should not be allowed on personal property while wife or girlfriend is present. Happens all the time.

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Why wouldn't he lie?

Assuming that he did shoot the lady?

He's hailed as a hero by those in our community who make a sport out of being afraid of their neighbors whom they haven't met, he gets to carry a firearm in public to the exclusion of almost everybody who isn't in his line of work, and he can't be terminated from his employment at-will.

His only incentive to tell the truth is to be a truthful person. Now, if the truth in this scenario gets him locked in a cage, of course he's not going to make a truthful statement on the record.

I feel bad for the lady, too. How badly do you need a man's money where, if he actually did shoot you, you need to cohabitate with a man who would shoot you? Can you not afford your own housing? And if you don't need the money...are you in love with this guy? A friend of mine once asked "is he going to hit me?" My answer was "if you think so, disengage him immediately."

Whom I don't feel bad for is any citizen who endorses a power structure which allows the set of events to occur where a person gets shot in the stomach by their domestic partner. Handguns are the stupidest things we've ever invented, and we make a wall-mounted fish that sings songs.

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deep breaths....

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deep breaths....it will help with all of that anger.

Good Lord - you seem to have this whole thing figured out.

What I did learn for sure is that you have severe disdain for law enforcement and firearms.

"..citizen who endorses a power structure which allows the set of events to occur where a person gets shot in the stomach by their domestic partner."????

who the hell would support that? - strawman argument 101.

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unfortunate

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unfortunate for everyone involved. i've met this officer and he is a fine person. not sure what happened but very unfortunate.

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Something wrong with his gun?

I know nothing about these infernal devices, obviously, but did he screw up the process or is it inherently an unsafe process? Or was his gun broken?

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Two possible things happened

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But let’s, for the sake of your question, rule out the possibility that he discharged his firearm on purpose.

I can say that it is possible to discharge a firearm accidentally. You miss a round in the chamber. You forget to check the safety. On a personal note, years ago, he who would be my father in law (he died before I met my wife) was cleaning his hunting rifle in the house when it went off, a round going through either the floor or a wall and striking my future brother-in-law, who I have met since he survived. Dad in law became more of a bow hunter later on, but he still shot game.

Firearms should be respected. They can do bad things.

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