Woman Arrested – NBC Boston


Massachusetts State Police have arrested a woman in connection with the death of a Boston police officer whose body was found in Canton over the weekend.

Karen Read, a 41-year-old woman from Mansfield, was arrested Tuesday night on a manslaughter warrant in the death of John O’Keefe, the Norfolk County District Attorney’s Office said.

A source with direct knowledge of the investigation tells NBC10 Boston that Read is O’Keefe’s girlfriend.

O’Keefe was found outside a home on Fairview Road early Saturday morning in storm-like conditions, prosecutors said on Sunday. He appeared to have been out in the cold for some time before his body was discovered. He was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

According to Norfolk County District Attorney Michael Morrissey, Read reportedly drove into the area with O’Keefe just after midnight. The charges against her include manslaughter, leaving the scene of a motor vehicle crash resulting in death and motor vehicle homicide.

Read is expected to be arraigned in Stoughton District Court on Wednesday morning, Morrissey said in a statement. It wasn’t immediately clear if she had an attorney who could answer the charges.

Boston Police Officer John O’Keefe was found dead outside a home in Canton early Saturday morning.

An autopsy was performed on Monday. The results of that autopsy were not immediately released, and authorities did not provide further details Tuesday about the cause or manner of O’Keefe’s death.

“Additional narrative information may be included in the transcript tomorrow during the indictment,” Morrissey said in a statement Tuesday. “Tonight our thoughts are very much with those John left behind.”

O’Keefe knew the people who lived in the home where he was found, prosecutors said. Ownership records show that the house on Fairview Road belongs to someone with the exact same name and middle initial as a veteran Boston police sergeant, although the Boston Police Department would not confirm this. The circumstances of O’Keefe’s death are investigated.

An autopsy is expected to be completed Monday to determine if the death of a Boston police officer was foul play. The Boston police officer — later identified by Boston Police Department as John O’Keefe — was found outside a home in Canton early Saturday morning in blizzard-like conditions, the Norfolk County District Attorney’s Office said on Sunday.

The Boston Police Department released a statement Sunday saying it was with “deep regret” to announce the death of O’Keefe, an active duty officer.

“John was a kind person, devoted to his family and will be greatly missed by his colleagues and all who had the privilege of meeting him. Today, the Massachusetts State Police and the Norfolk County Attorney’s Office arrested the person responsible for John’s death,” the Boston Police Department said in a statement Tuesday night. “At this time we are stunned and saddened and offer all the support we can to John’s family. Boston Police Peer Support will be available to assist department members in need of emotional support.”

A spokesman for the Boston Police Department told NBC10 Boston that no internal affairs cases had been opened and no one had been placed on administrative leave

Canton Police Commissioner Ken Berkowitz tweeted about O’Keefe’s death, saying, “Our thoughts and prayers are with the late officer, his family and the entire Boston Police Department.”

Berkowitz also forwarded all inquiries to the prosecutor’s office.

On Saturday, Boston and other parts of the state found themselves in the midst of a snowstorm, with winds exceeding 80 miles per hour in some parts of Massachusetts and snow billowing over the Bay State.

John O’Keefe was a 16-year veteran of the Boston Police Department. He was found outside a home in Canton early Saturday during the winter storm and the circumstances of his death are being investigated.


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