Fall River Police-Involved Shooting

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

Press Release
November 23, 2021​​​​

Massachusetts State Police and Bristol County prosecutors are investigating the Monday night fatal police officer-involved shooting of a 30-year-old Fall River man.

At this time the investigation is only in its preliminary stages.

On Monday, at approximately 5:10 pm, Fall River Police responded to a call from a Lowell Street resident regarding a domestic incident. Responding officers spoke with a female complainant who said she was the victim of a domestic assault.  She said her boyfriend, Anthony Harden, had assaulted her on Saturday, November 20th.

Officers then made their way to Mr. Harden’s apartment, located at 120 Melville Street, arriving at approximately 6:05 pm.  After police were allowed entry into the apartment, an altercation took place between Mr. Harden and the police.  At some point during the struggle, two shots were fired by an officer.  A knife was found at the scene.

The two officers immediately rendered aid to Mr. Harden and called for an ambulance, which arrived two minutes later.  Mr. Harden was rushed to St. Anne’s Hospital, where he later died.

All facts and circumstances of this incident are actively under investigation and no further information can be disseminated about the ongoing probe at this time.


Gregg Miliote

Director of Communications