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Authorities arrest suspect in fatal Myles Standish State Forest shooting



BROCKTON – Massachusetts State Police and New Bedford Police have arrested a man wanted in connection with a fatal shooting in Myles Standish State Forest, Plymouth County District Attorney Timothy J. Cruz has announced.

At just before 4:00 p.m. Saturday, the Massachusetts State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section located and arrested 20-year-old John Geovanni Pires Monteiro Macedo without incident, at an apartment in New Bedford. He is scheduled to be arraigned tomorrow in Plymouth District Court in Plymouth on one count of Murder.

On July 12, at just before 2:45 p.m., Plymouth Police received several 911 calls for a report of a shooting at Myles Standish State Forest in Plymouth and a man suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Upon arrival, Plymouth Police and first responders located the male victim, and he was transported to Beth Israel Deaconess- Plymouth Hospital where he was pronounced dead of his injuries. He was identified as 25-year-old Robert Aponte-Flores of New Bedford.

Plymouth Police contacted Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Plymouth County District Attorney’s Office to begin the investigation. Multiple witnesses on scene described that an altercation took place in a picnic area of the park between the victim and Monteiro Macedo, prior to the shooting. As a result, Massachusetts State Police sought and obtained an arrest warrant for Monteiro Macedo.

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