Not Just Kids Anymore. 45 Year Old With Toy Gun Killed By Police
“I thought I was doing the right thing.” That is what Barbara Buckley of Brockton, Massachusetts said after police officers killed her husband. Her husband of 20 years, Douglas Buckley, had been drinking. Barbara went to the police station about 12:30 a.m. on July 2, 2015, hoping they could intervene and take Douglas to the hospital. Barbara said that she told police that Douglas probably would not go quietly, but that he had no weapons, only some BB guns.
Two officers arrived on the quiet block where the Buckley’s live, and saw Douglas outside of the house carrying what appeared to be a rifle. According to a statement from Plymouth District Attorney Timothy Cruz, Douglas dropped the rifle, reached to his back and pulled out a handgun and pointed it at them. The officers opened fire, shooting Douglas in the right lower abdomen. He was taken to Signature Health Care Brockton Hospital, where he was pronounced dead shortly after 2 a.m.
Douglas’ sister,Tara Fitzgerald, said that the police shot Douglas just moments after arriving at the house, and that he was climbing over a fence into the front yard when they fired.
“How was he pointing a gun while climbing?” she asked. “I think they were very excessive and should be held accountable.’’
The fence was laying on the grass in pieces, and there are also bullet holes on the side of the house.
Tara said of Douglas, “He was a family man. A good husband and father. He didn’t deserve this.”
As Barbara Buckley felt fresh grief over her husband’s death, that same morning, her 22-year old son, Jesse Fernandes was arrested for assault and disorderly conduct. Family members say that after Jesse returned home from the hospital after Douglas died, that the police punched Jesse in the face, breaking his jaw. Jesse pleaded not guilty at his arraignment and was released.
The District Attorney’s office is investigating the shooting.
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