Suspect in connection to New Bedford homicide investigation charged with murder

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WLNE) – The Bristol County District Attorney’s Office announced Sunday that the 18-year-old man arrested in connection to Friday’s homicide investigation in New Bedford has been charged with murder and other offenses.

Authorities say that Jon Zell will be arraigned on Monday in New Bedford District Court on the following charges:

  • Murder
  • Carrying an illegal firearm
  • Carrying a loaded illegal firearm
  • Discharge of a firearm within 500 feet of a building
  • 10 counts of armed assault with intent to murder

On Friday, New Bedford police say they received reports of shots fired on Lafrance Street just before 10:30 a.m.

When officers arrived on scene, they found one of two victims, who was then rushed to St. Luke’s Hospital.  The victim was identified as 40-year-old Angel Cruz, who was later pronounced dead.

Police say that the second shooting victim was able to get into a car and attempted to drive to the hospital, but crashed near Linden and County Streets.  He was then rushed to St. Luke’s, before being transported to Rhode Island Hospital.

According to a release from the Bristol County District Attorney’s office, the second shooting victim is a 32-year-old New Bedford man, who is currently in critical condition.

Police say that while they were investigating this double-shooting, they received a description of the shooter.  About 45 minutes later, officers found a man matching the description near the corner of Penniman and Reynolds Streets.

As officers approached the man, he began firing a handgun at them.  After firing all of the bullets in the gun, police were able to apprehend the suspect and take him into custody.

The suspect has been identified as Jon Zell, 18, of Mattapoisett.

No officers were injured during the incident, nor returned fire on the suspect before taking him into custody.

Zell is being charged with multiple counts of armed assault with intent to murder.  More charges may be held against Zell as the investigation continues.

Authorities say Zell will be held in jail through the weekend and arraigned on Monday morning in New Bedford District Court.

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