Police say they have the young man who showed up at an off-duty officer’s house in Duxbury Monday night with a gun in his hand, then led them on a three-hour chase that involved two gunshots in the direction of two K9 officers. They arrested 19 year old Brett Trevor Roderick near a bog at 2 a.m. Tuesday.
He was arraigned in Plymouth District Court Tuesday afternoon on several charges, including attempted murder. Though handcuffed, he managed to blow a kiss to his mother, Valerie Aho, in the courtroom. They had a phone conversation Tuesday morning– she spoke to reporters after the arraignment.
“The only door that he knocked on was that of his friend’s,” Aho said.
While Aho spoke to the press, members of the South Eastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council’s Search and Rescue Unit located a 9mm semi-automatic weapon, fully loaded, in thick brush near the location of Roderick’s arrest.
“He’s never fired a shot at anybody in his life,” Aho said. “Well, he’s been in trouble. He’s a teenaged boy. You know, he’s done some things that were wrong, but he’s a good kid. He has a good heart. He’s respectful. He has good manners. I can’t imagine him knocking on somebody’s door and sticking a gun in anybody’s face.”
Roderick lives with his mother and step-father in Wagner, Oklahoma, where he has collected criminal charges beginning in 2009, when he turned 16 years old, the latest charge coming last month. According to Aho, he completed two years of a 15-year prison sentence related to a charge of robbery with a dangerous weapon.
The family returned to Massachusetts after seven years in Oklahoma to attend the funeral of Roderick’s cousin. He preceded his mother and step-father here by two weeks and stayed with a friend in Pembroke. He told his mother he went to Duxbury Monday night to visit a cousin on his father’s side, in the neighborhood of the attempted home invasion. He said the cousin was not in the house and he wandered the streets.
“He walked around the neighborhood,” Aho said. “He said the police started following him. So, he ran, ‘cause he was scared that he was in trouble for being here from Oklahoma or something.”
He told police a friend from Pembroke drove him to Duxbury. Police spoke to that person who said he hadn’t seen Roderick in years.
Judge Brian Gilligan ordered Roderick held without bail pending dangerousness hearing. Roderick will return to court for that hearing Friday.