Easton Domestic Disturbance Case and Non-Fatal Police Shooting Update

Bristol County District Attorney’s Office

Thomas M. Quinn III
District Attorney

Press Release
October 31, 2022

Massachusetts State Police detectives assigned to the district attorney’s office are actively investigating a non-fatal police-involved shooting which occurred late Friday night in the town of Easton.

At about 11:41 p.m., on Friday, Oct. 28, dispatchers received a 911 call from a female victim reporting a domestic disturbance at a home on Central Street. Upon arrival, Easton officers encountered a potentially lethal situation involving a man allegedly holding a knife and drew their service weapons. An Easton officer intervened and fired his weapon, striking the defendant. The victim was also slightly injured. 

Officers immediately rendered aid. Easton Fire Department paramedics responded to the scene, and transported those injured to area hospitals for treatment.

The victim told police she called 911 due to an argument she was having with her live-in boyfriend, 34-year-old Dwayne Gervais.  The victim told police she locked herself in her bedroom to get away from the defendant, at which point the defendant broke down the door.  The defendant is then alleged to have gone downstairs to arm himself with a knife.

The defendant, Dwayne Gervais, 34, of Easton, is being charged at this time with assault with a dangerous weapon and assault on a family or household member.

The defendant remains in an area hospital, and is being held in custody pending arraignment, which may occur this afternoon via Zoom from the hospital through the Taunton District Court.

The female victim was treated for her injury and released shortly thereafter.

Due to the ongoing nature of the investigation into both the officer-involved shooting and the incident that resulted in criminal charges being lodged against the defendant, our office can provide no further comment at this time.


Gregg Miliote

Director of Communications