Investigation Into Fatal Police-Involved Shooting of Anthony Harden Completed

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


Press Release
April 1, 2022

The investigation into the November 22, 2021 fatal police-involved shooting of Anthony Harden in Fall River has officially concluded.  An electronic version of the report which includes endnotes along with hyperlinks to specific documents, photos, videos and reports can be found at http://bristolda.com/bristol-district-attorney-anthony-harden-invest/ .  During the pendency of the investigation this office received requests for public records which could not be released until the official conclusion of the case.  Now that the case has officially been closed, this office is releasing numerous public records with appropriate redactions.  These records, all of which can be found on page 10 of the electronic report, were compiled during the investigation into the death of Mr. Harden.  The report also includes some of the records, photos, videos and audio files hyperlinked throughout the document. A collection of the endnotes cited throughout the report can be found on Page 9 of the electronic version of the report. 

Bristol County District Attorney Thomas M. Quinn III issued the following statement today, along with our final report on the matter and the various public records:  “The independent investigation into the tragic death of Anthony Harden was conducted by seasoned veterans of the Massachusetts State Police and the most experienced prosecutors in our office.  The investigation focused on the use of deadly force.  There is no evidence that a crime was committed by the officers.  My sympathies continue to go out to Mr. Harden’s family for their loss.  However, the uncontroverted evidence was that an officer was attacked by Anthony Harden with a knife.  The officer’s partner was legally justified in using deadly force to save his life.  Now that the investigation has come to a close, we are releasing our detailed final report and a multitude of public records, with redactions, compiled during the course of this investigation.”


Gregg Miliote

Director of Communications