New Bedford man arrested after Taunton home invasion shooting

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TAUNTON — A New Bedford man has been arrested following a shooting during an armed home invasion that left one resident injured late Friday night, according to Taunton Police Chief Edward J.

Walsh. Joshua Manuel DeLeon, 22, faces multiple charges including armed assault with intent to murder and possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony after police responded to a 911 call on Newcomb Place.

At 10 p.m. on Dec. 22, Taunton Police arrived at the scene of a reported disturbance involving a firearm.

Upon entering the second-floor apartment of a multi-unit house, officers found two men struggling on the floor.

Following standard protocol due to the reported presence of a firearm, the officers drew their weapons and ordered the men to stop the altercation.

One man, later identified as the suspect DeLeon, suffered head trauma and was found with a firearm near his person.

The other man had a gunshot wound to the leg.

Both men were transported to local hospitals, with DeLeon later moved to a Boston Hospital for treatment of serious injuries.

The gunshot victim is expected to recover.

Investigators discovered additional firearms, bullet casings, and evidence suggesting that an apartment on the third floor had been fired into during the struggle.

A woman and her four children in the above apartment were unharmed.

Authorities believe that the incident stems from a conflict that originated outside of Taunton and are treating it as a targeted act of violence rather than random.

The Taunton Fire Department provided emergency medical services at the scene.

As the case progresses, DeLeon and the other individual involved are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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