Hundreds honor fallen Massachusetts police officer at vigil – Man charged in shooting had over 100 previous arrests

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)

WEST YARMOUTH, Mass. (AP) 04/15 — Carrying candles and wiping away tears, hundreds of mourners joined Yarmouth police at an emotional vigil Saturday night for an officer who was killed while on duty.

The ceremony honored 32-year-old Sean Gannon, who was shot in the head and killed Thursday while carrying out an arrest warrant. People placed flags, flowers, balloons and a box of dog biscuits next to a parked police cruiser.

Gannon’s police dog, Nero, also was shot and is recovering from surgery.

Yarmouth Chief Frank Frederickson said the eight-year veteran was a “wonderful young man” who was like a son to him. He said Gannon had a promising career ahead of him.

A flowers adorns the police cruiser of fallen officer Sean Gannon outside the Yarmouth Police Station on Friday, April 13, 2018. Thomas Latanowich is charged with killing a Massachusetts police officer serving an arrest warrant was held without bail during a brief arraignment Friday. 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. (Steve Heaslip /The Cape Cod Times via AP)


Frederickson said the attack “stunned us and brought us to our knees,” in a Facebook post Saturday. He is asking for donations for Gannon’s family. Another GoFundMe fundraiser for the family describes Gannon as “funny” and “universally liked.”

Gannon was the department’s first full-time drug detection K-9 patrol officer. He started his career working at Stonehill College in 2006.

The Yarmouth Police Department described the man charged as a “career criminal” with over 100 previous criminal charges in Massachusetts.

Prosecutors said 29-year-old Thomas Latanowich, of Somerville, was charged in Barnstable District Court on Friday. He is being held without bail after pleading not guilty.

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)


Latanowich was indicted by a Barnstable County grand jury in 2010 on gun, assault and drug trafficking charges. In 2016, he was arrested for allegedly strangling a pregnant woman. The case was dismissed after the alleged victim asserted her Fifth Amendment privilege.

It could not immediately be determined if he has an attorney. Latanowich’s next hearing will be in June.

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