Fugitive apprehended in West Brookfield

Ouellet had been added to State Police’s Most Wanted list last month

WEST BROOKFIELD — Local, state, and federal agencies worked together on Thursday morning to capture a man who had been named one of the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitives late last month.

The Massachusetts State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section, with assistance from the State Police-Brookfield Barracks, U.S. Marshals Service, Worcester Police, and West Brookfield Police, captured one of the State Police’s Most Wanted fugitives, Jesse Ouellet. He is charged with shooting a man during an altercation outside a store.

At about 11:15 a.m. on Thursday, Massachusetts State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section (MSP VFAS) Troopers, along with Deputy Marshals, a State Police-Brookfield Trooper, and local officers, located Ouellet, 37, at a house at 25 John Gilbert Road in West Brookfield. Investigators believe Ouellet had begun staying at the house. Ouellet was transported to the Worcester Police Department to be booked and was expected to be brought to Worcester District Court later in the day.

On November 21, MSP VFAS added Ouellet to its list of Most Wanted fugitives as Troopers continued to work with Worcester Police detectives to locate him. A Worcester officer recently developed information suggesting Ouellet might be hiding out in West Brookfield, and further investigation by MSP VFAS Trooper Amy Waterman confirmed the address, leading to Thursday morning’s apprehension.

Ouellet was arrested on warrants charging him with armed assault with intent to murder (two counts), aggravated assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, assault and battery with a firearm, assault with a dangerous weapon, assault and battery, and firearm and ammunition offenses. The charges stem from evidence that Ouellet allegedly shot a man in the stomach outside the S&A Market convenience store on Ward Street in Worcester following an altercation on April 16. A bystander walking on the street was struck by a stray bullet. Both victims survived.

After the shooting, Ouellet had fled and Worcester Police obtained the warrants.


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