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Retired Trooper Killed Trying To Save Neighbors From Rampaging Gunman

Winthrop, MA – A retired Massachusetts state trooper was murdered on Saturday when he faced off with a gunman who had just driven a truck through a home in his neighborhood.

The incident began at about 2:45 p.m. on June 26 when the suspect – later identified as 28-year-old Nathan Allen – stole a box truck from a plumbing company and crashed it into an empty home at the intersection of Cross and Shirley Streets, WVIT reported.

Police said Allen got out of the truck with two guns and fled on foot.

Then he opened fire on 60-year-old Air Force veteran Ramona Cooper.

Cooper, who still worked for the military, was shot three times in the back, WVIT reported.

That’s when friends said retired Massachusetts State Trooper David Green confronted the gunman and was fatally shot, WBZ reported.

“That’s Dave. He went there to save other people,” Green’s longtime friend and neighbor, Nick Tsiotos, said.

Tsiotos said Green probably heard the crash and ran to help, WBZ reported.

“I think Dave kept people alive by heroically dying because this man was deranged,” Tsiotos opined. “He gave his own life, made the ultimate sacrifice for others.”

The retired state trooper was shot four times in the head and three times in his torso, WBZ reported.

Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins characterized Green’s shooting as an “execution” at a press conference on Sunday.

Rollins said the rampage ended when Allen was fatally shot by Winthrop police, WBZ reported.

Cooper was transported to the hospital where she later died, WVIT reported.

Green was pronounced dead at the scene.

Two people whose vehicle was somehow involved in the incident were also transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, WVIT reported.

The district attorney said the preliminary investigation indicated the shootings were race-related.

Rollins said investigators had found that Allen had made “anti-Semitic and racist statements against black individuals,” WVIT reported.

She said the gunman “walked by several other people that were not black and they are alive. They were not harmed.”

Massachusetts State Police Colonel Christopher Mason released a statement following Green’s death that said the retired trooper had served as a law enforcement officer for 36 years before he retired in 2016, WBZ reported.

Col. Mason said that Green initially became a Metropolitan District Commission police officer in 1980, and then joined the Massachusetts State Police 12 years later when his department was merged into the state police.

“Trooper Green was widely respected and well-liked by his fellow Troopers, several of whom yesterday described him as a ‘true gentleman’ and always courteous to the public and meticulous in his duties,” Col. Mason said. “From what we learned yesterday, he was held in equally-high regard by his neighbors and friends in Winthrop.”

“Trooper David Green more than upheld the ideals of integrity, professionalism, and service to others that are the hallmarks of a great Trooper,” the colonel continued. “We are heartbroken by his loss and offer our condolences to his family and friends.”

Law enforcement officers and other first responders lined the streets on Sunday to salute as Trooper Green’s body was taken to the medical examiner’s office in Boston.

Written by
Sandy Malone

Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining The Police Tribune, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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