District attorney also warns about taking justice in own hands
FALL RIVER — A city man will spend up to 15 years in a state prison after being found guilty of shooting a man who confronted him for trying to break into his car.
According to the Bristol County District Attorney's office, Jesse Brule, 27, was found guilty of assault and battery by discharge of a firearm, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon-causing substantial injury, and carrying an illegal firearm. He was sentenced to 10 to 15 years in prison.
The shooting occurred on Aug. 5, 2016, after the victim woke up when hearing noises outside his friend's apartment and noticed people looking into vehicles with flashlights. At that point the victim and his friend went outside to confront the individuals. After pointing out Brule as the person that was attempting to break into the friend's car, Brule ran away.
The victim and his friend gave brief chase before getting in the friend's car to pursue Brule. The pursuit ended with Brule ordering the two to get out of their car at gunpoint. Brule then held the pair at gunpoint until the victim attempted to lunge at Brule. Brule then fired his gun, striking the victim once in the shoulder and once in the chest. Brule then fled on foot as the victim was driven to Saint Anne's Hospital by his friend.
As a result of the shooting, the victim has lost most of his hearing in his left ear, has restricted range of motion in his right arm and scarring due to the entry and exit wounds. The district attorney's office said that despite his severe injuries, the victim has rebounded and is now attending college.
During the subsequent Fall River Police investigation, detectives found two shell casings for .45 caliber ammunition, a spent projectile and a passport for Brule were found at and near the scene. It appears as though the defendant dropped his passport while fleeing or during the struggle with the victim.
On Aug. 22, 2016, the defendant was arrested by Pawtucket Police Department, and was found in possession of a loaded Glock .45 caliber firearm.
"This is senseless violence caused by the defendant who initiated the altercation by breaking into the victim’s car. Fortunately nobody was killed,” District Attorney Thomas Quinn said in a statement. “However, the victim’s pursuit of the defendant after the car break is a clear example of why you do not take matters into your own hands. He could have been killed.”