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The Brighton Murder/Standoff. I got a bit too close.

I responded to Ledgemere Rd. in Brighton today, just prior to 11 a.m. for a report of a person shot. Boston police dispatch said, via the police scanner, that state police had received the one call. I headed that way slowly until the first responders confirmed the shooting and then asked dispatch for a “push” on the paramedics. They said he was shot to the chest but still breathing. I accelerated my response and then a startling phrase came through my scanner speakers. “Shots fired at us” (the police)!  I parked my car and ran toward the scene taking cover behind a brick wall as additional officers were arriving to bolster the first responders and EMS who were now taking refuge in the basement. See my photos below. The scene was still fluid with no police tape, so I figured I was all right in my location as long as I did not move. WRONG! See the last photo (scroll down) taken by photojournalist and friend Byron Smith. This is me getting moved out of the area by a very fair officer. Anyway, I did manage to get a photo of police in a defensive mode with guns drawn and then police and EMS evacuating a nearby senior center. See more of my photos along with a Boston Herald story here.


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A very long standoff that purportedly involved hostages and explosives, ended last night. I arrived in Portsmouth at approximately 1pm and saw this to fruition. The grand finale photos, if you will, were the first photos that I can ever remember where I did not see the subject for the majority of time. For all you photography fanatics out there, my setting on this surrender photo was: “Film Speed” 3200asa, Shutter Speed 1/20th of a second at F5.6 aperture with a Canon 800mm 5.6 on a tripod. The light that is shining on the suspect is from police and street lights. A Boston Herald photo gallery is seen here.



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