When an active shooter moves through an area, you never know who they are going to target or why. All you can do in the moment is try to stop them.
Around 2:45 p.m. June 26th, Nathan Allen took a plumbing companies box truck and crashed it into an empty home. Allen had two guns with him as he fled the scene.
According to WVIT, his first victim was 60-year-old Air Force veteran Ramona Cooper. Allen shot her three times in the back. Retired Massachusetts State Trooper David Green stepped in.
He was fatally shot. According to his neighbor and friend Nick Tsiotos, "That's Dave. He went there to save other people."
Tsiotos believes Green likely heard the crash and went to help.
“I think Dave kept people alive by heroically dying because this man was deranged. He gave his own life, made the ultimate sacrifice for others.”Nick Tsiotos
In a press conference, Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins called Green's death an "execution. The retired officer was shot four times in the head and took three shots to his mid-section.
Green died at the scene, while Cooper was taken to the hospital for treatment and later died of her injuries. Rollins believes that the shootings were in fact, race-related.
According to investigators, Allen said "anti-Semitic and racist statements against black individuals." He also "walked by several other people that were not black and they are alive. They were not harmed.”
Green had served in law enforcement for 36 years, retiring in 2016. Massachusetts State Police Colonel Christopher Mason said Green began as a Metropolitan District Commission officer in 1980.
He moved to the State Police when the departments merged.
“Trooper Green was widely respected and well-liked by his fellow Troopers, several of whom yesterday described him as a ‘true gentleman’ and always courteous to the public and meticulous in his duties. From what we learned yesterday, he was held in equally high regard by his neighbors and friends in Winthrop.”Colonel Christopher Mason
Laying Down His Life
Law enforcement, first responders, and citizens lined the streets so they could salute the procession as it took Trooper Green's body to the medical examiner.
Green knew that stepping up to help was the right thing to do, even if it was no longer his job. Unfortunately, doing the right thing cost him his life.