Pregnant fiancée of man killed by Fall River police speaks out

“Every morning he’d kiss my belly before kissing me,” Jaylimar Natal said of her slain fiance, Larry Ruiz-Barreto. “He always told me, ‘I want a little girl. I want it to be my princess.’” (Submitted photo)

The family of the 19-year-old man who was shot and killed by a Fall River police officer is demanding answers.

Police were called to a remote area by Riggenbach and Airport Roads just after 11:45 p.m. Sunday for a report of possible gunshots and a car smoking. Investigators said cars began to scatter and an officer shot into a car being driven by Larry Ruiz-Barreto.

Ruiz-Barreto later died at Charlton Memorial Hospital, and five relatives and loved ones were arrested when they clashed with police in the waiting room.

The New Bedford man had moved to the United States for a better life for his fiancée and baby on the way.

“Every morning, he’d kiss my belly before kissing me,” Jaylimar Natal said. “He always told me, ‘I want a little girl. I want it to be my princess.’”

Sunday’s shooting was the second time local law enforcement used deadly force in the last week. The agencies involved also released varying amounts of information/

Providence Police held a news conference after the deadly shooting on I-95 and shared video. The Fall River Police Department communicated through a press release, though public information officer Detective John Robinson said the department is being as transparent as it can.

The names of the Fall River officers involved in the shooting will be released because Massachusetts does not have a police Bill of Rights, Robinson said. He said Acting Chief Al Dupere will also release further information.

Robinson directed all questions to the Bristol County District Attorney’s Office. Spokesperson Gregg Milliote said a full report will be released as the office, alongside Massachusetts State Police, investigate whether or not the shooting was justified.

“It hurts he’s gone and now I have to raise this baby on my own,” Natal said.

NBC 10 also reached out to Mayor Jasiel Correia. A reporter did not received a response by the time of this publication.

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