ORANGE, Mass. (WGGB) — The man who was shot dead after State Police say he allegedly pointed a weapon at troopers while they served a search warrant Wednesday morning has been identified.
State Police report that he was 23 year-old, Corey Navarette of 18 Mechanic Street in Orange.
State Police spokesperson David Procopio says that around 5:00 a.m. Wednesday, members of the department’s Special Tactical Operations team went into a second floor apartment on Mechanic Street in Orange as they executed a search warrant as part of a narcotics investigation.
Procopio adds that an initial investigation indicates that as the team members moved in, a man that lived in the apartment, who was the target of the investigation, “confronted troopers with a firearm.”
“A trooper or troopers discharged service weapons in response and struck the suspect,” Procopio notes in a statement. That 23-year-old man, whose name has not been released, was taken to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead.
State police say a 25-year-old woman was also a resident of the apartment, and a target of their investigation.
Although police aren’t releasing any names, those who know her say her name is Jessica Dennis. They add that the neighborhood is notorious for drug abuse. “It takes a lot of police to pull off these drug busts. We’re not talking about marijuana and pain pills. We’re talking about heroin and some hard drugs. Illicit drugs that rally turn people’s lives around for the worst,” said neighbor Alicia Litchfield.
In fact, this isn’t the first time the town has dealt this issue.
This raid comes exactly 2 months to the day when Jessica’s father Kenneth was arrested at the same house and hit with several heroin and firearms charges. “This main street right here, usually a lot of stuff goes on. Everybody from this town knows that, from what we’ve seen over the last 20 years living here,” Kevin Kennedy stated.
Neighbors find it hard to understand why drugs are such an issue here. “For a small town, nobody really, nobody really cares. There’s not enough programs in this town,” added Litchfield.
As troopers conducted a search, a second firearm was found in the apartment.
Procopio says that the specialized team was used because during the course of their investigation, which centered around the alleged sale of oxycodone and Percocet, it was determined that the man “had access to, and may use, firearms.”
The investigation into this morning’s incident remains under investigation by the Mass. State Police and the Northwestern District Attorney’s office.
“The district attorney will ultimately review the use of deadly force by police to determine if it was justified under the law,” Procopio says.
State police say that the female victim has been treated and released from a local hospital.