DIGHTON — Police Chief Robert MacDonald publicly commended the first responders last week who on June 26 responded to the shooting of 17-year-old Michael Pacheco at his Forest Street home.

The shooter, 18-year-old Joseph Medeiros, of Rehoboth, told investigators that he and Pacheco were at the house with friends when he was “playing with” the slide of a handgun and accidentally pulled the trigger, firing the single fatal shot.

MacDonald told selectmen at an Aug. 8 meeting that he could not comment further on the status of the investigation — handled in cooperation with the Massachusetts State Police — because it is still ongoing.

“It was a tragic situation and the guys that responded did one heck of a job,” said MacDonald.

“I know how hectic it must have been, but they did their job, though.”

MacDonald said that the first officers who arrived at the Forest Street home and called for necessary resources were Gregory Steele, Timothy O’Leary and Steve Ferreira.

The chief further recognized Vanessa Smith, the dispatcher and more than 20-year department veteran who took the initial call reporting the incident, and others that followed.

“I can just imagine what it was like in there, call after call. She was getting orders from the guys on scene, scene was probably getting calls from news stations,” MacDonald said.

“It probably never stopped — from the moment she got that call until she went home.”

MacDonald also lauded the cooperative efforts on behalf of the fire department and Chief Christopher Maguy.

“In this town, when something (like the shooting) happens — police and fire — we work together,” he said.

The chief revealed that he was in Boston at the time of the incident, but was not kept in the dark throughout the night regarding details thanks to Sgt. Shawn Cronin, who directed personnel at the scene.

MacDonald said that Cronin called him over five times to provide updates while he drove back to Dighton.

“It was his day off that night,” MacDonald said.

“When I got there, it was unbelievable. Everybody was doing what they’re supposed to do. … I couldn’t have asked for anything better than that.”

With regards to the investigation, MacDonald said that Detective Ryan Richards worked “hand-in-hand” with the state police to provide them with as much information as possible about the nature of the incident.

Richards responded to the initial report of a gunshot at around 6:45 p.m., according to the detective’s report of the incident.

When Medeiros turned himself in at the station, he told officers that he had panicked after he shot Pacheco and said he threw the weapon into the woods and was dropped off at his mother’s house, according to police.

“It was a long process, a long night; this went on for a couple of days,” MacDonald said.

“It was a bad thing (that happened), but everybody did the right thing…the town should be proud of you.”

During a dangerousness hearing on July 30, Medeiros was ordered held on $28,000 bail and also ordered to stay at his mother’s house and wear a GPS monitoring device.

Medeiros — who faces three felony charges, including possession of an illegal firearm and involuntary manslaughter — told investigators that he had sold marijuana and prescription Xanax and bought the handgun for protection because he felt threatened.

Following MacDonald’s presentation to the board and a sizable audience, the chief thanked selectmen when they voted unanimously to ratify his new two-year contract, retroactive to July 1.