Arrest Made in Fall River Homicide

Bristol County District Attorney’s Office
Thomas M. Quinn III
District Attorney

Press Release
July 12, 2016

Police have arrested Joel Lopez, 16, of Fall River. He is charged with murder and may be arraigned this afternoon in Fall River District Court. He was arrested this afternoon inside an apartment on Pleasant Street in Fall River.

Fall River Police, Massachusetts State Police Detectives assigned to this office, and homicide unit prosecutors are actively investigating a homicide, which occurred Monday night in The City of Fall River.

At around 9:27 p.m., police responded to 911 calls regarding shots fired in the area of 129 Plain Street. When first responders arrived at the scene, they found a male victim in the landing of the first floor of the apartment complex at 129 Plain Street.

The victim, who was later identified as Jerrod Cohen, 29, of 129 Plain Street, was rushed to Rhode Island Hospital where he was pronounced dead late last night.

The investigation is being coordinated by Assistant District Attorney Brian Griffin, who will handle today’s arraignment.

The investigation is extremely active and ongoing, and no further information can be released at this time.


Gregg Miliote
Director of Communications