UPDATE 4:15 p.m.: Shooter identified as 31-year-old Adrian Thomas Loya of Virginia
UPDATE 4 p.m.: The Coast Guard issued the following statement at 4 p.m. Thursday: "Today the Coast Guard family suffered a tragic loss. I am saddened to report that we lost a team member this morning to an act of violence. Another Coast Guard member and a Bourne police officer were injured in the same incident. We have chaplains and counselors on site to support friends and families affected by this crime. Coast Guard Investigative Service personnel are supporting the Massachusetts State Police investigation. My thoughts and prayers are with everyone who has been touched by today's sad event," said Rear Adm. Linda Fagan, commander of the First Coast Guard District.
BOURNE - A Bourne police officer was shot during an early morning ambush on Round House Road. The officer was reportedly shot following a shooting at a condominium complex around 2:15 a.m. according to releases from the Massachusetts State Police and Bourne police.
According to the Cape &Islands District Attorney's Office, officers responded to the report of a car fire on Clay Pond Road. They arrived to find a car fully-engulfed in flames at the entrance to Round House Road. As the officers continued up Round House Road on foot, 911 calls were coming into the Bourne Police Station reporting shots fired and explosions in the area. Bourne police also received a call from a woman reporting that she and another woman had been shot, Bourne police said.
The officers encountered a male suspect who opened fire on police, according to the DA's Office. One of the officers was shot in the back. As other officers, including officers from the Falmouth Police Department and the Barnstable County Sheriff's Office responded, the gunman continued to fire, blocking the way to the injured women, Bourne police said.
Officers were eventually able to get to the home where the women were located. One of the women was dead, the other still alive, according to the DA's Office. The surviving victim was transported to Rhode Island Hospital. The injured officer was transported by a MedFlight helicopter crew to a Boston area hospital.
Around 2:45 a.m., the suspect was located and taken into custody. That suspect's name or the reason for the attack on the two women has yet to be revealed.
A State Police Bomb Squad unit was requested to examine devices, believed to be hoax devices, found at the scene, State Police said. Bourne police said multiple incendiary devices were found in the area.
Bourne police had asked that Round House Road residents remain in their homes until further notice. At 5:30 a.m., Bourne police posted a notice on their Facebook page telling residents they will advise them when it is safe to leave their homes. Police had also asked that others not come to the Round House Road area while the area remains an active crime scene. As of 10 a.m., Bourne police were still requesting that people stay away from the area. Round House Road is off Clay Pond Road in Bourne. As of 12:30 p.m., Bourne police announced that the area is secure and currently open to residents only. Police will remain in the area while the investigation continues.
Bourne police have not officially identified the officer, but he has been identified as Officer Jared MacDonald on social media.
According to Cape & Islands District Attorney Michael O'Keefe, the two female victims and the assailant are all members of the United States Coast Guard. The women were stationed locally and the assailant is stationed out of state, according to the DA.
The shootings and the incident that led to the shootings will be investigated by Bourne police, State Police and the Cape & Islands District Attorney's Office. An investigator from the US Coast Guard will also participate in the investigation.
(The car set on fire by the shooter. Photo by David G. Curran.)
(A Bourne Police Officer and a Massachusetts State Trooper at the entrance to Round House Road Thursday morning. Photo by David G. Curran.)