Taunton Murder Defendant Held

Bristol County District Attorney’s Office

Thomas M. Quinn III
District Attorney

Press Release
October 4, 2021​

The 86-year-old Taunton man accused of shooting his wife to death in August was ordered held without bail after his arraignment this afternoon in Fall River Superior Court, Bristol County District Attorney Thomas M. Quinn III announced.

Edmund Silveira is due back in court November 15th for a pretrial conference.

On August 29 at approximately 8:55 pm, Taunton Police were dispatched to 881 Bay Street for a report of a shooting outside that address.  Upon arrival, first responders located a female victim, later identified as 71-year-old Dianne Silveira, in the driveway.

Mrs. Silveira was rushed to Morton Hospital, where she was pronounced deceased at 9:23 pm.

After the shooting, the suspect fled back inside the residence the couple had shared.  As a result, a local regional SWAT Team was contacted to establish a secure perimeter while awaiting the arrival of crisis negotiators.  Eventually, entry was made into the home via a tactical robot, at which point it was determined that the suspect was unconscious.

The suspect was rushed to Rhode Island Hospital for several wounds to his wrist and neck, which appeared to be self-inflicted knife wounds.

The case will be prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Michael Scott.


Gregg Miliote

Director of Communications