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Man held without bail in connection with officer-involved shooting in Lakeville



BROCKTON – A man charged in connection with an officer-involved shooting in Lakeville has been held pending the outcome of a dangerousness hearing, Plymouth County District Attorney Timothy Cruz has announced.

Massachusetts State Police and Lakeville Police have been investigating an officer-involved shooting that left 45-year-old Timothy Hladik of Lakeville, wounded.

According to Lakeville Police, at 3:45 a.m. Friday, a Lakeville Police officer was monitoring traffic near the intersection of Precinct and Pickens streets. Hladik allegedly approached the officer and confronted him, displaying what appeared to be a black handgun. The officer retreated behind his cruiser, drew his service weapon and ordered Hladik to drop the weapon. He did not comply.

During the confrontation, an off-duty Massachusetts state trooper was driving by and stopped to render assistance to the Lakeville officer.

The officer and the trooper repeatedly ordered Hladik to drop the weapon, but he did not comply. During the exchange, Hladik took an aggressive stance and raised the weapon, according to police. At this time, fearing for their safety, both fired, striking Hladik. The officers secured his weapon and immediately rendered emergency medical aid to the man.

The Lakeville officer was taken off duty and the service weapons of the officer and trooper have been taken as part of the investigation, as is standard procedure in any police-involved shooting.

As a result of the investigation, MSP and Lakeville Police sought and obtained an arrest warrant and charged Hladik with two counts each of Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon, and Threat to Commit a Crime.

Today, at Hladik’s arraignment from his hospital bed at St. Luke’s Hospital in New Bedford, the Commonwealth moved for a dangerousness hearing, which was allowed, and scheduled for noon on October 12. Hladik is being held without bail until that hearing.

The investigation is ongoing by Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Plymouth County District Attorney’s Office and Lakeville Police.

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