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Firefighter is held in shooting of girlfriend

By Travis Andersen
Globe Staff / November 19, 2010

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A Boston firefighter was arrested early yesterday after shooting his 66-year-old girlfriend inside his Brockton home in what appears to be an accident, police said.

Lieutenant Thomas LaFratta of the Brockton police said that Larry Trammell, 56, shot the woman, whom police would not identify, once in the torso with a .38-caliber handgun between 12:30 a.m. and 1 a.m. He said Trammell told police that he shot the woman inside his home on West Elm Street because he mistook her for a prowler. She had apparently gotten out of bed to use the bathroom, LaFratta said.

“At this point, it appears that it is an accident,’’ he said, adding that the shooting is under investigation.

LaFratta said the woman was taken to Good Samaritan Medical Center in Brockton and then to Boston Medical Center. He said she was in “serious but stable’’ condition last night. There is no record of prior disturbances at the home, LaFratta said.

Trammell did not have a license to carry the weapon and was charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, unlawful possession of ammunition, unlawful carrying of a firearm, and unlawful discharge of a firearm, said LaFratta.

Trammell was arraigned in Brockton District Court yesterday and ordered held without bail, police said. It was not known last night how he pleaded to the charges.

Steve MacDonald, a spokesman for the Boston Fire Department, said Trammell is a 32-year veteran stationed in Brighton. He said Trammell has been placed on paid administrative leave pending a department investigation.

Asked if a criminal conviction would result in Trammell’s dismissal, MacDonald said, “We’re going with just administrative leave until we get the facts of what happened.’’

MacDonald declined to say whether Trammell had ever been sanctioned before, because the department does not comment on personnel files.

Bridget Norton Middleton, a spokeswoman for the Plymouth district attorney’s office, which is prosecuting Trammell, said he will appear in court for a dangerousness hearing on Monday. It was not known last night if he had retained a lawyer.

Trammell earned $88,539 last year, according to city records.

Travis Andersen can be reached at tandersen@globe.com.