Page 8 THE EVERETT ADVOCATE - Friday, August 9, 2019 Lynn man slain in shootout with Everett police By Christopher Roberson I n the early morning hours of Aug. 4, Everett Police Officers opened fire on Oscar Ventura-Gonzalez, 32, of Lynn, which ultimately resulted in his death. According to State Police, the incident occurred at 12:30 a.m. near the intersection of Washington Avenue and Sargent Street in Revere. The results of a preliminary investigation indicated that shots rang out after Everett Police followed him into Revere. Ventura-Gonzalez was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead. Offi cers remained on the scene for fi ve hours after the incident. Mayor Carlo DeMaria said police offi cers have the “terrible burden” of deciding when to open fi re on a suspect. “I am saddened by the death of this individual and my thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends,” he said in a written statement. “However, we were extremely lucky that no innocent bystanders or police offi cers were killed or injured. Our offi cers put their lives on the line every day and have to make life and death decisions in the blink of an eye.” The decision to use force is being investigated by the State Police and the Offi ce of Suff olk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins. “I’m grateful that no bystanders or members of law enforcement were injured in this police-involved shooting or the sequence of events that preceded it. However, I acknowledge that a family is grieving the loss of a loved one,” Rollins said. “I want to assure the family, the community and members of law enforcement that there will be a transparent and impartial review of this encounter in order to provide the answers that they deserve.” Rollins said additional details cannot be released at this time as the investigation is still “highly active.” “I ask for peace in our community and the public’s patience as we continue to investigate the facts and circumstances,” she said. Anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to call the Suffolk County State Police Detective Unit at 617-727-8817. 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From there, Obremski said, the subcommittee answered a 10-question rubric and selected Whitsons by three points over Aramark. From a fi nancial standpoint, Aramark’s management fee was $250,000 and offered a guaranteed return of $509,816 to the schools. In contrast, the management fee for Whitsons is $230,000 and has a guaranteed return of $975,000. In addition, Obremski said all food service employees will keep their jobs and their current rates of pay. Yet, his decision did not come lightly. “I’ve been in the Everett Public Schools since 1989 – 30 years – and this is the toughest decision I’ve ever had to make,” said Obremski. Ward 5 School Committee Member Marcony Almeida Barros said he visited the Parlin School as well as Everett High School and was very impressed with Aramark’s service at each school. “I am realtuition and skill, as a ticking clock, and his own personal demons, conspire against him. 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School Committee Chairman Thomas Abruzzese agreed that the committee could only vote one way. “We’re sitting here with a gun to our head,” he said. “We either vote for this or we get sued and we lose.” Cardello and Almeida Barros said they wished to abstain from the vote. “I do not find it in my conscious to vote for something that I don’t understand,” said Cardello. Ward 3 School Committee Member Frank Parker said every member needed to vote. “I don’t like what’s going on right now,” he said. “If you’re sitting at the table, you’ve got to vote; if you’re going to abstain, walk away from the table.” Cardello ultimately voted in the affirmative. Because Almeida Barros was last on the roll call, he was able to abstain as the necessary five votes had already been reached.

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