On Thursday October 7th, at approximately 17:45 hours Brockton Police Officers responded to 62 Taber Ave near the center of Brockton after 911 calls reporting a man with a gun. When Officers arrived on scene the suspect, who has now been identified as 32-year-old Kevin Serpa, fled into the residence while firing numerous shots at the responding Officers.
During the shooting, Officer Robert Otis, 27, a veteran of the Marines and recent graduate of the Boston Police Academy was struck multiple times including his hand, leg and luckily ballistic vest. Otis is a recent graduate of the Boston Police Academy. The Plymouth County district attorney’s office also said a civilian, later identified by the DA’s office as 28-year-old Christopher Gomes, was found dead inside an SUV at the same address.
Officer Otis was rushed by Brewster EMTs and Paramedics to Boston Medical Center where he arrived under escort by members of the Massachusetts State Police, Boston Police and Brockton Police around 18:30 hours. Quickly it was reported that the Officer was expected to survive and was in stable condition including a selfie between the Officer and his other fellow classmates showing him to be in good spirits.
The road to recovery for Officer Otis is expected to be a tough one according to sources close to the Officer, however they tell us he is dedicated to getting back onto the street as soon as possible and serving the community of Brockton.
A classmate from the Boston Police Academy and good friend we talked to told us, “Bobby-O commits himself 110% to everything he does. He’s as passionate and motivated as any public servant you’ll find. He was like that as a Marine and he continues to be like that as a family man, boyfriend, a cop and a friend. He’s just a really great dude. He wouldn’t think twice before running into danger to help someone. I’m really glad he’s oaky”
Brockton Police Chief Emanuel Gomes echoed the support yesterday, “He did an amazing job last night, and his actions saved his own life, possibly the lives of others,” he went on to say, “And I’m very happy that he’s home and he’s healing.
Chief Emanuel went on to say, ”He’s in some pain, but he’s been released. And I couldn’t be happier to report that… (BMC doctors) decided not to add to his injuries. So right now, he’s recovering, but he’s still has the round in him that’s lodged in him, and that’s where we’re at. And that’s why they decided to take a cautious approach on doing surgery on him. And that’s why he’s been released.”
Classmates from the Boston Police Academy Class of 60-20 have started a GoFundMe to raise money for Officer Otis while he recovers which can be found below: