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Information regarding recent sightings of Black Bears in East Mansfield
On Sunday, April 30, 2023, Animal Control Officer Jeff Collins received multiple reports of black bear sightings in the area of Ware/Essex Streets. MPD encourages you to bring in bird feeders and secure trash cans to help prevent your yard from becoming a happy habitat for the bears. Please read the attached information for recommendations.
If you see a bear, and it poses a public safety risk, please contact MassWildlife at 508-389-6300 or the Environmental Police at 800-632-8075. As always, dial 911 in the case of an emergency.
On April 15, 2023, at approximately 8:30 am, Officer Pepicelli of the dayshift radioed that he happened upon a motor vehicle crash on East Street adjacent to the rear entrance of the Mansfield High School. It was determined that a gray Toyota Corolla and a white Ford Explorer were involved. As officers were assessing the vehicle occupants, an elderly male seat belted in the rear passenger seat of the Corolla appeared to be in distress. The male was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced dead approximately an hour later. The remainder of the occupants in both vehicles reported minor injuries.
Due to the unknown circumstances of the elderly male’s condition, the scene was secured and a request for an accident reconstructionist from the Massachusetts State Police was requested. Also due to the eventual death of an occupant, the Bristol County District Attorney’s Office has assumed investigative authority. Detectives from Mansfield Police and Troopers from the Bristol County District Attorney’s Office Investigative Unit (CPAC) are working on the investigation.
A juvenile operating the Corolla as a student of the Teachers Driving Academy (TDA) was cited for causing the accident when failing to yield to oncoming traffic. The name of the deceased is being withheld pending family notification. The investigation continues and any additional requests for information should be directed to the Bristol County District Attorney’s Office.
On 4/8/23 at approximately 3:12 am, dispatchers at the Southeastern Massachusetts Regional Emergency Communications Center (SEMRECC) received a 911 call from a Franklin Street resident of possible gunshots being fired in the area of Franklin Street and Darby Drive. Responding patrols began a canvas of the area. The original caller reported having Nest doorbell camera footage of the shooting. After reviewing the recording, it was determined that five gunshots came from an unknown vehicle traveling southbound toward East Street/Route 106. At approximately 3:23 am a second Franklin Street resident called 911 to report that a bullet hole was discovered in the wall of the home and what appeared to be the remnants of a bullet on the floor. Additional resources were called to the scene including Mansfield Detectives and the area was closed off to travel. Officer Fitzgerald and his K9 partner Ronan responded to search the area for additional evidence. After initial canvases were completed and additional camera footage sought, the scene was released and officers cleared. Detectives will continue exploring all investigatory avenues to develop additional information to help identify the suspects.
We are very thankful that no one was injured during this senseless act of violence. The Mansfield Police Department is requesting help from anyone who may have information related to this incident to include any suspicious vehicles in the greater area at or around the time of the shooting, additional camera footage that may have captured the vehicle’s approach before or after the shooting, or any other details that may help to identify the vehicle and/or the occupants. Contact Det. Sgt MacLean at (508) 261-7300 ext 61332, firstname.lastname@example.org, or via Facebook @MansfieldMAPD.
This investigation continues. No other information is available at this time. Updates will be posted on our social media platforms as they become available.
RAD Class coming in May 2023!
The certified RAD Instructors from MPD will be hosting a spring session for women beginning May 8th! The Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) program empowers women by teaching awareness, prevention, risk reduction, and avoidance skills as well as hands-on self-defense techniques. The RAD program is 12 hours in total, broken up into four 3-hour classes. Women age 18+ are welcome as well as girls 14-17 with a waiver signed by a parent or guardian. Click HERE to reserve your spot in class!