Man arrested in shooting of undercover New Bedford detective to face judge

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WLNE) — A man arrested in connection to the shooting of a detective working undercover in New Bedford will be arraigned Monday.

Police said 20-year-old Cheybane Vasconcelos-Furtado faces two counts of armed assault with intent to murder and two counts of assault and battery by discharge of a firearm, among other charges.

Det. Lavar Gilbert was working undercover in an unmarked car near the corner of Rivet and Orchard streets when he was shot in the face last Monday night.

Gilbert was able to drive himself to a hospital. He was released from a Boston hospital on Friday.

New Bedford police tape off the intersection of Orchard and Rivet streets after a detective was shot, Monday, July 17, 2023. (WLNE)

“It will be necessary for him to return for a follow-up procedure in the near future, however, we are happy to see that he has made great progress towards recovery,” said Lt. Scott Carola.

Police said Vasconcelos-Furtado was wanted in connection to the active investigation.

Last week, detectives learned he was likely in the north end of New Bedford.

Police said as officers walked up to the door of a Worcester Street home on Sunday evening, Vasconcelos-Furtado tried to run out the back door. He was arrested and held pending his arraignment.

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