Man Accused of Shooting Two Falmouth Police Officers Pleads Not Guilty; Held Without Bail

BOSTON — 073118 — Malik Koval sits in a hospital room before his arraignment Tuesday.
was arraigned at Brigham & Women’s Hospital Tuesday. He was charged with shooting two Falmouth police officers last week.
Merrily Cassidy/Cape Cod Times

FALMOUTH –The man accused of shooting two Falmouth police officers pleaded not guilty to several charges Tuesday, including two counts of assault to murder.

Malik Koval was arraigned from his hospital bed in Boston and ordered held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing.

He’s accused of firing at Officers Don DeMiranda and Ryan Moore as they responded to reports of a disturbance on Ashley Drive Friday afternoon. Both are recovering

Koval was charged with disturbing the peace, two counts of assault to murder, two counts of assault and battery on a police officer, two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and carrying a firearm without a license.

Officers encountered Koval breaking bottles in the street. As they tried to engage him he became agitated, and ran into the home.

At some point, Koval produced a gun and allegedly began shooting at the officers. It appears from ballistic evidence that the shots were fired within the house.

Police returned fire striking Koval several times.

DeMiranda was shot in the chest, but the bullet was stopped by his vest. A second round hit him in the shoulder area. He was in good condition at a local hospital.

Moore was struck in the neck area causing a grazing wound. He was treated and released Friday night.

Two others connected to the shooting appeared in Falmouth District Court Monday.

Marcus Maseda, 18, and Kimberly Koval, 38, allegedly tried to interfere with the officer’s efforts as they followed the shooting suspect into a home.

Both are charged with obstruction of justice, assault and battery on a police officer and interfering with the duties of a police officer.

Maseda and Kimberly Koval both posted $5,000 bail over the weekend, which was increased by a judge to $7,500 each.

Both were taken into custody pending bail.

The Cape & Island’s District Attorney’s Office asked for $25,000 bail for both defendants.

During their arraignments, the prosecutor alleged that Maseda and Kimberly Koval both tried to impede officers when the arrived, saying the “both attacked one of the officers.” Both are accused of yelling and interfering with the officers.

But their defense attorney disputed those claims, saying Malik’s mother, Kimberly, actually tried to stop Malik and actually held him down and kicked away a firearm.

The D.A’s office sought to increase their bail to $25,000, while the defense asked that it stay at the $5,000 the two had already posted. Judge Lisa Edmonds increased the bail to $7,500.

Dunne said it’s time to stop the open season on police officers, referring to the shootings of his two officers and the fatal shootings of Yarmouth Police Sgt. Sean Gannon and Weymouth Police Sgt. Michael Chesna.

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