×

Suspect in fatal police officer shooting held without bail

  • Cape Cod SWAT team members bring in the Rook tactical solutions vehicle to the scene of a shooting in Barnstable, Mass., Thursday, April 12, 2018. A K-9 officer has been shot and killed while serving a warrant at a Massachusetts home and a suspect has been taken into custody. (Ron Schloerb/The Cape Cod Times via AP) Ron Schloerb

  • Cape Cod SWAT coordinates radio with Barnstable police before going into the area of a shooting in Barnstable, Mass., Thursday, April 12, 2018. A K-9 officer has been shot and killed while serving a warrant at a Massachusetts home and a suspect has been taken into custody. (Ron Schloerb/The Cape Cod Times via AP) Ron Schloerb

  • District attorney Michael O'Keefe, right, spoke at a press conference Thursday, April 12, 2018, in Yarmouth, Mass., with Yarmouth Police Chief Frank Frederickson. State police say 32-year-old Yarmouth Officer Sean Gannon was shot Thursday afternoon in Barnstable, on Cape Cod. He was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Gannon was among the officers serving an arrest warrant at the home. (Merrily Cassidy/The Cape Cod Times via AP) Merrily Cassidy/Cape Cod Times

  • This photo provided by the Yarmouth Police Department shows Tom Latanowich, of Somerville, Mass. A K-9 officer has been shot and killed while serving a warrant at a Massachusetts home. Latanowich was taken into custody after a standoff with police. Authorities say he will be charged with murder. (Yarmouth Police Department via AP)

  • This undated photo posted on the official Facebook page of the Yarmouth, Mass., Police Department shows officer Sean Gannon, shot to death on Thursday, April 12, 2018, while he and other officers were serving an arrest warrant at a home in Barnstable, Mass. (Yarmouth Police Department via AP) Lennon, Kevin


Saturday, April 14, 2018

BARNSTABLE, Mass. — A man charged with killing a Massachusetts police officer serving an arrest warrant was held without bail during a brief arraignment Friday.

Thomas Latanowich, 29, hung his head throughout the appearance in Barnstable District Court, speaking only to answer “yes” when the judge asked if he understood the proceedings.

Not guilty pleas to charges including murder were entered on his behalf, and the judge said she would appoint a lawyer to represent him. His next court date was scheduled for June 26.

Latanowich, described by police as a violent career criminal, shot Yarmouth K-9 officer Sean Gannon, 32, on Thursday while he and other officers were serving an arrest warrant for an alleged probation violation at a home in Barnstable on Cape Cod, police said. According to Cape and Islands District Attorney Michael O’Keefe, Latanowich’s last known address was in Somerville, outside Boston.

Gannon was taken to Cape Cod Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Gannon’s dog, Nero, was also shot. Dennis Veterinary Hospital posted on Facebook that Nero was shot in the face and neck but has been stabilized and faces surgery Friday, although he is “not out of the woods.”

The loss of Gannon has stunned the picturesque community of Yarmouth, right next to Barnstable.

“Sean, remarkable young man. We refer to him as the Tom Brady of the Yarmouth Police Department,” Chief Frank Frederickson said outside of court. “He’s gone. He died doing what he loved. He’s going to be sorely missed.”

An eight-year veteran of the force, Gannon was married and a graduate of both Bishop Stang High School in Dartmouth and Westfield State University.

Republican Gov. Charlie Baker ordered all U.S. and state flags on state buildings lowered to half-staff in honor of Gannon.

Latanowich has been charged with more than 100 crimes in Massachusetts, according to court records, and has served time behind bars. Many of the charges were later dismissed.