Worcester gunshot victim was also wounded in 2007

By Scott J. Croteau
Telegram & Gazette Staff / January 28, 2011

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WORCESTER — The victim of a fatal shooting on Rice Lane had also been shot in the chest a few years ago, court records show.

Police identified Ryan M. Deans, 32, of Worcester, as the man who was shot and killed Wednesday night on Rice Lane as he sat in his car.

Police were called just after 8 p.m. to investigate reports of gunshots. When they arrived, they found Deans in his car. He had been shot several times.

Deans was pronounced dead at UMass Memorial Medical Center University Campus.

Worcester Superior Court records show Deans had been shot in the left side of his chest with a small-caliber firearm in September 2007 on Harrison Street. He was treated at UMass Memorial Medical Center University Campus and released.

A suspect was arrested, but as the case progressed to Superior Court, Deans, born in Jamaica, refused to testify. Filings in court said Deans had been in the custody of federal immigration authorities in November 2009, and he invoked his Fifth Amendment rights not to testify when he was summoned to court.

The case against the suspect was then dropped. Deans is listed as the only witness to his shooting, and authorities said he was the one who identified the suspect in that case.

In Wednesday’s fatal shooting, detectives obtained a search warrant for Deans’s car and searched it for evidence. Investigators also scoured the area for witnesses.

The motive for the slaying remains under investigation, and police continue to search for a suspect.

Some Rice Lane area residents thought they heard fireworks Wednesday night, but realized someone had been shot, after ambulances and police cruisers arrived on the scene.

Deans had a record of weapon and drug possession and had served time in prison, Central District Court records show.

On Dec. 5, 2008, Deans was going into the courthouse when an associate court officer reported to police he had to take a knife from Deans as he entered the building.

Deans was charged with carrying a dangerous weapon. He was sentenced to serve six months in jail.

Detectives ask anyone with information about the shooting to send an anonymous text to 274637 TIPWPD or call the Worcester Police detective bureau at 508-799-8651.