Boston man charged with firing 11 shots at cops during looting
A Boston man accused of opening fire on police during widespread looting and vandalism in that city is now facing federal charges, prosecutors said.
John Boampong, 37, was charged Thursday with assaulting a federal officer, interfering with a law enforcement officer during the commission of a civil disorder and being a prohibited person under felony indictment in possession of a firearm and ammunition in the June 1 chaos, US Attorney Andrew Lelling announced.
Boampong, who was charged on June 3 in Suffolk County with 21 counts of armed assault with intent to murder, was legally barred from having a gun but “indiscriminately” fired 11 shots at a crowd of officers and civilians during the incident, Lelling said.
The charges are “good reminder” that protests — even disruptive ones — are legal. Destroying property and endangering lives is not,” the federal prosecutor said. “We will enforce that rule.”
Court documents allege that Boampong was driving in Boston near a store that had been looted following a protest that started late May 31 when he was told to leave the area.
Boampong and his passengers allegedly ignored the order before he put his car in reverse before driving off as cops told him to stop.
He later returned to the area of Arlington and Boylston streets and allegedly fired at least 11 times towards officers, including a deputized federal officer.
No one was wounded during the shooting, but some bullets shattered the windows of two nearby apartments, federal prosecutors said.
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