From hospital bed, man pleads not guilty in Falmouth police shooting

Massachusetts

(WPRI) — A man accused of shooting two and wounding two police officers on Cape Cod last week was arraigned on several charges Monday, including assault to murder.

Investigators allege Malik Antonio Koval opened fire on Falmouth Police Officers Donald DeMiranda and Ryan Moore during an incident in the town Friday night.

According to the office of Cape and Islands District Attorney Michael O’Keefe, the officers had responded to a reported disturbance on Seacoast Shores Boulevard and arrived to find Koval breaking bottles in the roadway.

As police approached Koval, he ran into a home on nearby Ashley Drive then started shooting at the officers from inside, the DA’s office said.

DeMiranda was struck once in his protective vest and once in his shoulder, above the vest. At last check, he was in good condition at the hospital.

Moore’s neck was grazed by a bullet, according to the DA’s office. He was treated at Falmouth Hospital and released.

“My officers are in recovery right now,” Falmouth Police Chief Edward Dunne said. “We appreciate all the thoughts and prayers from the entire Falmouth community and the outpouring of support that has come our way, it is overwhelming.”

Police returned fire and hit Koval several times. He was taken to an area hospital before he was flown to a hospital in Boston, where he remains in stable condition and in police custody.

Koval, 21, was arraigned from his hospital bed Monday morning on two counts each of assault to murder, assault and battery on a police officer, and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, as well as one count each of carrying a loaded firearm without a license, resisting arrest, and disturbing the peace.

Koval pleaded not guilty and was ordered held without bail until a dangerousness hearing scheduled for Aug. 23.

Two other people have been charged in connection with Friday’s incident. Kimberly Koval, 20, and Marcus Maseda, 18, face charges of assault and battery on a police officer, interfering with the duties of a police officer, and obstruction of justice.

The incident remains under investigation.

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