Rehoboth man charged in teen’s death

By: Chloe Leshner


DIGHTON, M.A. (WLNE) – A 17 year old man from Dighton is dead after being shot In his own house by another teen.

The shooter and the victim were friends and 3 other teens were there when it happened. Police have remained on scene investigating all day Wednesday, investigators focused in the backyard seemingly looking for the gun the 18 year old shooter ditched.

Joseph Medeiros faced a judge Wednesday morning, charged with involuntary manslaughter for shooting and killing his friend, 17 year old Michael Pacheco.

“We’re all upset. It’s terrible. They’re too young, too young to be going through this," says Sherald Casey, a neighbor who’s son is friends with both men.

Police say the 2 were at Pacheco’s house on Forest Street in North Dighton with 3 other friends when Medeiros started playing with the gun that police say he bought illegally.

"They’re good kids. All they wanted to do was live their life in a small town and they got a hold of a gun and didn’t know how to handle it," says Casey.

Medeiros was sitting next to Pacheco at the kitchen table when he fired the gun.

"He did turn himself in to the station he said I was racking the gun and I pulled the trigger at the same time and I fired the shot," the prosecutor said in court.

Medeiros and one of the other boys then ran from the house, throwing the gun in the trees. Police say Medeiros told a friend that dropping the gun “was the best thing he ever did."

More than 12 hours later, environmental police searched through the grass in the backyard, helicopter and drone hovering above, seemingly looking for that weapon. Family members of the victim looking on.

“I just hope that Mikey’s parents can understand that it was a mistake," says Casey.

Both teens went to Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School, the principal John Gould says Pacheco was known for always having a smile on his face and doing anything for his friends.

According to police Pacheco’s parents were on vacation but his grandparents do live next door and heard the commotion last night.Meanwhile Medeiros is being held without bail until a dangerousness hearing next Tuesday.

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