New Bedford man arrested, another charged after shots fired at auto shop

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NEW BEDFORD — Police have arrested one male and are charging another after a dispute at a south-end automotive shop.

On Friday, police responded to 1593 Cove Rd. regarding shots fired.

Upon arrival, patrol officers learned that an argument over a civil matter had escalated into a physical confrontation.

The owner of the shop, Thomas Vinagre, 39, got into a physical confrontation with Mr. Dallas Chace, 24.

During the struggle, Chace produced a firearm that discharged twice as the men grappled.

Fortunately, nobody was struck, and a customer immediately called for police assistance.

Narcotics detectives Emily Pacheco and Matthew Sylvia were the first to arrive on the scene and successfully separated the two men.

The firearm was secured, and Chace was found to be duly licensed to carry it.

He was placed under arrest and charged with unlawful discharge of a firearm and two counts of attempt to commit assault and battery by firearm.

The firearm, a 9mm semi-automatic, was seized.

A charge has also been requested on Vinagre for assault and battery on Chace.

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