Marion man charged with attempted murder after shots fired, car chase

By Andrea Ray | Sep 19, 2017
Courtesy of: Joseph Singleton / Facebook

Marion — A Marion man has been charged with attempted murder and a host of other criminal offenses after he allegedly shot at a woman Monday night and led police on a car chase.

Joseph Singleton, 35, reportedly shot at a woman and child on the night of Sept. 18, as they drove away from home following what police described as a domestic violence incident involving Singleton.

Officer Sean McAssey was one of the policemen who responded to the call. His court narrative noted that the woman had said Singleton had been acting strangely and violently for the past several days. After an argument on Monday, she and the child fled the house. As they attempted to leave the house, Singleton rammed the vehicle they were in with his car, a 2016 black Mustang convertible.

Singleton pulled up beside the car while driving on Route 6 and fired several shots from a handgun.

Mattapoisett Sergeant Marshall Sadeck noted that he and Detective Craig Leblanc found four spent casings near Gifford's Corner Road. At least two bullet holes were found in the trunk of the car that the woman involved was driving.

The woman and child were uninjured in the incident and drove to the Mattapoisett Police Station.

Officers located Singleton shortly afterwards, driving on Route 6. Singleton led police on a chase eastbound. As he attempted to turn onto I-195 westbound, he lost control of the vehicle on the on-ramp and crashed into several trees.

Officers were able to take Singleton into custody with no further incidents around 7 p.m. No shots were fired by police during the incident.

A 9mm handgun was located inside Singleton's car. Singleton was properly licensed to carry the gun.

Singleton works as a security guard at Tobey Hospital in Wareham. He has worked for Tobey's parent company, Southcoast Health, for the past 15 years. The company is currently working with the police to gather further details on the incident, said Southcoast Health spokesman Peter Cohenno.

“While we do not comment publicly on individual personnel matters, in this case, we can share that the individual involved is not scheduled to work and there are no safety concerns at Tobey Hospital,” Cohenno said.

Assistance in apprehending Singleton and investigating the crime scene was provided by Mattapoisett Police, Rochester Police, Wareham Police, Massachusetts State Police, Massachusetts State Police Crime Scene Services, Plymouth County Sheriff’s Department Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Marion Fire/EMS.

Singleton has been charged with two counts of attempted murder, as well as other charges including witness intimidation, assault and battery, kidnapping, and various firearms offenses. He was held without bail at the Marion Police Station and was arraigned on Tuesday, September 19 at Wareham District Court. He is currently being held without bail pending a Friday, September 29 “dangerousness” hearing which will decide whether Singleton is a danger to the public.

Comments (1)
Posted by: Peaches0409 | Sep 19, 2017 13:39

How is he "tied to Wareham"? Because he works there? You just had to somehow mention Wareham on the Facebook article.

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