Middleboro: Murder suspect to be arraigned

The prime suspect in a Middleboro murder, 52-year-old Thomas Buttimer, is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday in Wareham District Court on charges he also attempted to kill a police officer.

The charges stem from the fatal July 12 confrontation that left 65-year-old Norma DesRoche bleeding to death in her Highland Street driveway as her husband John tried to save her life.

Buttimer was gunned down by police as he charged at Det. Sgt. Joseph Perkins brandishing a long barrel rifle. Buttimer was taken to Rhode Island Hospital where he was treated for three gun shot wounds and released Monday, but he has yet to be charged for the murder of DesRoche, said Bridget Middleton, Plymouth County’s Assistant District Attorney.

On Monday, Middleton said Buttimer waived rendition and was arraigned as a fugitive from justice on charges he tried to kill a police officer.

She declined to say whether Buttimer has a valid firearms identification card and did not say who owned the gun that killed DesRoche, who was a nurse, wife and mother of four.

Middleboro Police Chief Bruce D. Gates said Buttimer was temporally staying at DesRoche’s home. He declined to say what sparked the killing, but said investigators do not believe drugs were involved. Gates said overdue rent may have been one of the issues that lead to the deadly confrontation.

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About Alice Elwell

Alice Elwell is a freelance reporter who lives on the South Shore. She joined the WATD team to widen our coverage to include Middleboro. She can be reached at acelwell2@gmail.com.