New Bedford, Massachusetts

From New Bedford’s SouthCoastToday.com of October 24, 2007

Shooting victim now charged in connection with house break

A 24-year-old city man, allegedly shot in the neck during an armed house break, has been arrested on home invasion and gun charges in connection with the break.

Brandon L. Medeiros of 450 Kempton St. is charged with four counts of armed home invasion with a firearm, two counts of armed assault with intent to commit robbery with a firearm, two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, unlawfully carrying/possession of a firearm, discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a building, armed burglary with a firearm and unlawful possession of ammunition, according to New Bedford police.

Gregg Miliote, a spokesman for the district attorney’s office, said Mr. Medeiros will be arraigned on the charges today in New Bedford District Court.

He added that prosecutors will seek a dangerousness hearing to hold the suspect for up to 90 days while awaiting trial.

He said Steven Gagne, an assistant district attorney, has had preliminary discussions with Christopher Markey, the defense attorney for Mr. Medeiros, and a dangerousness hearing has been tentatively scheduled for Friday in New Bedford District Court.

The charges stem from a house break at 33 Sycamore St. about 8:15 p.m. Monday when a gun discharged during a scuffle between two suspects and the male occupant.

Mr. Miliote said prosecutors allege one of the suspects is Mr. Medeiros.

Mr. Medeiros was taken to St. Luke’s Hospital, New Bedford, and then flown by medical helicopter to a Boston hospital. Police found Mr. Medeiros when they responded to a report of a man shot laying in the street near 74 Parker St.

Mr. Miliote said Mr. Medeiros was not seriously injured in the shooting and will be present in court for his arraignment.

The spokesman did not identify the second suspect in the house break and said he remains at-large.

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