Man Accused in Sgt. Gannon Murder Indicted on Murder by Grand Jury

BARNSTABLE 04/13/18 Accused murderer Thomas Latanowich is brought into Barnstable District Court on Friday for his arraignment.
Steve Heaslip/Cape Cod Times
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HYANNIS – The man accused of killing Yarmouth Police Sgt. Sean Gannon has been indicted on multiple charges, including murder and being an armed career criminal.

The Barnstable County Grand Jury handed down the indictments Wednesday afternoon against Thomas Latanowich, 30.

Gannon was shot and killed on April 12, 2018 as he and his fellow officers attempted to serve a warrant on Latanowich in Marstons Mills.

Gannon’s K-9, Nero, was also shot and seriously wounded. The dog continues to recover.

Cape and Islands District Attorney Michael O’Keefe said Latanowich had violated the conditions of his probation which had been transferred from Barnstable County to Middlesex County.

The warrant in question was issued by a Middlesex Court.

The killing has sparked outrage about how a career criminal could have been out on probation considering his record.

It has spurred law enforcement around the state to press the Legislature into taking action to reform the criminal justice statutes.

Latanowich remains held without bail.

“All of the police, crime scene personnel and prosecutors who gathered the evidence and put this case before the grand jury, thank the members for their service,” said O’Keefe in a statement.

Latanowich has been indicted for:

  1. Murder
  2. Aggravated A& B with a Dangerous Weapon
  3. Assault and Battery Dangerous Weapon
  4. Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Felony
  5. Possession of a Firearm without a license, Subsequent offense 6. Carrying a Loaded Firearm without a license
  6. Possession of Ammunition without an FID card
  7. Mistreating a Police Dog
  8. Armed Career Criminal He will be arraigned in Barnstable Superior Court in the ordinary course of business.
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