'Surprise Turn' in Case of Doctors Murdered in Boston Penthouse

Police say suspect did not fire at cops on the scene
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 8, 2017 6:57 PM CDT

(Newser) – The investigation into the killings of two doctors in their luxury penthouse condominium took a surprise turn Monday when prosecutors corrected earlier accounts by authorities who said police shot a suspect after he opened fire on them inside the couple's apartment. Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel Conley held a news conference to correct details of the investigation, the AP reports. In addition to saying the suspect did not fire at police, Conley also clarified earlier statements by Boston Police Commissioner William Evans, who said he believed the doctors knew their assailant. Bampumim Teixeira was charged with two counts of murder Monday in the killings of Dr. Richard Field and Dr. Lina Bolanos, two anesthesiologists who planned to marry.

Teixeira received three gunshot wounds after police confronted him in the condo Friday night. Police initially said officers opened fire on Teixeira after he shot at them while they were responding to a report of a gunman in the apartment. During Teixeira's hospital arraignment Monday afternoon, prosecutor John Pappas described that same scenario. But late Monday, Conley said Teixeira did not shoot at police. Conley said police—in the darkened apartment—believed Teixeira either pointed or fired a gun at them. Authorities now believe that one officer responded by firing his weapon, then other officers also fired their guns. Conley also said there is "no evidence whatsoever" at this point to conclude Teixeira had a personal relationship with Field or Bolanos, and that authorities do not know why Teixeira "would attack them so viciously" in their home. Pappas said police found a backpack near the front door that was filled with jewelry they believe belonged to Bolanos. (Read more murder stories.)

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