New Bedford man connected to deadly cab shooting faces judge

Kyle Dawson (WJAR)

A man accused of trying to rob a cab driver faced a judge Monday in New Bedford.

Investigators said the crime led to a deadly shooting that’s now considered a potential case of self-defense.

Kyle Dawson, 23 of New Bedford, has been behind bars since last Friday in connection with an altercation on Bentley Street early Friday morning. He continues to be held without bail on multiple charges, including armed assault with intent to rob, as well as assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

Authorities said Dawson and 24-year-old Christopher Dunton attempted to rob the taxi driver.

The driver was apparently put in a choke hold and threatened with a knife.

“This defendant was the one who brandished the knife and held it at the side of the cab driver,” Assistant District Attorney Robert Digiantomaso said in court. “There was a clear intent based on the Commonwealths end to rob this cab driver.”

Investigators said the driver got out of the car, grabbed his gun and shot at the suspects several times, hitting and killing Dunton.

“At that time, it's alleged Mr. Dunton held the cab driver from the backseat to the front, held him in the chokehold while this defendant held a black-tactical knife to the right side of the cab driver, said they demanded money and said they would ‘shank him,’” Digiantomaso said.

Dawson ran away, but police later found him on Frederick Street, where he was arrested.

The Bristol County District Attorney’s Office said the cab driver, who has not been identified, suffered a slight superficial wound and that he’s doing OK. Authorities also added that the driver was legally authorized to carry a gun.

The case is still under investigation.

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