19-year-old dies in police officer-involved shooting, family says

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A 19-year-old was fatally shot by police late Sunday night after the first officer responding to a call for "possible gunshots" fired at a auto seen leaving the scene, the DA probing the shooting said.

The two incidents are connected, police said.

Fall River police responded to a city industrial park for reports of "loud bangs and smoking cars" at about 11:37 p.m. Sunday.

According to police, officers responded to the scene after a caller reported seeing a vehicle smoking and hearing "2 loud bangs, sounded like gunshots".

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Authorities say the officer shot at a auto to keep it from leaving. The person speculated as to whether they had heard a vehicle crash or a fight breaking out, according to police. The first responding police officer tried to stop a vehicle from leaving the scene, at which point the officer opened fire into the vehicle. There were several cars in the area including a green hatchback that had smoke coming out of it.

Ruiz-Barreto died at Charlton Memorial Hospital, authorities said.

WCVB will have more information when it becomes available. District Attorney Quinn's office said in a statement there will be no further comment on the shooting until the investigation is finished. The 19-year-old driver, Larry Ruiz-Barreto, of New Bedford, was struck and died. One man spat at a police officer and threatened to shoot and kill police. It is unclear what happened there, but Fall River Police say the arrests occurred "after a disturbance related to" the shooting. Police said 10 to 15 of Ruiz-Barreto's family members had gathered at the hospital waiting to hear of his status and were being disruptive.

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