At the time he was shot, Gannon was serving a warrant with his dog, Nero, and other officers from Yarmouth, Barnstable and the state police. Latanowich has more than 100 prior charges on his record, including one, according to the Cape Cod Times, for allegedly strangling a pregnant woman and vandalizing her property in October 2016.
"I'm just disgusted with what was dealt to officer Gannon", Yarmouth Police Chief Frank Frederickson said during a press conference Thursday night at the department's headquarters.
Gannon's dog, Nero, was injured.
In a statement sent to 22News, Westfield State President Ramon S. Torrecilha extended condolences to Gannon's family, and said the university was privileged to have had a role in preparing him for his career. "He's going to be sorely missed". "His colleagues and friends in the Stonehill College Police Department are heartbroken by his death as is everyone in the Stonehill community who knew him". Baker also ordered all USA and state flags on state buildings lowered to half-staff in honor of the fallen officer.
Tom Latanowich, 2-9, of Somerville, Mass., will likely be charged with murder, police stated.
Latanowich's next court date was scheduled for June 26.
"It's clear he made a memorable, positive impact in each community he touched, from his days as a student, to his distinguished career as member of the Yarmouth police force", the governor said.
The officer shot and killed Thursday in Barnstable was a New Bedford native.
Thomas Latanowich, of Somerville, Mass., was taken into custody, according to authorities.