New Bedford police identify detective shot, expected to recover

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WLNE) — A veteran detective who was working undercover has been identified as the officer shot in New Bedford Monday night.

According to police, Det. Lavar Gilbert was working undercover and in an unmarked car in the area of Rivet and Orchard streets around 8:45 p.m. when shots were fired.

Police said Gilbert’s window was shattered and he was struck in the face. He was able to drive himself to the hospital where he received treatment and is in recovery, according to police.

“Being told that one of your own has been shot is a phone call that no police chief wants to receive, however, I’m extremely grateful that our detective is expected to recover,” said New Bedford Police Chief Paul Oliveira.

“This is a stark reminder of the dangers that the men and women of law enforcement face on a daily basis as they keep our citizens safe,” the chief added.

Police said another man arrived at the hospital with a gunshot wound to his foot and was treated a short time later.

According to police, the circumstances of of what led up to the man and Det. Gilbert being shot are under investigation, but that there is no threat to the public.

Police reiterated that none of their officers fired their weapons and that Gilbert was not specifically targeted.

No arrests have been announced.

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