Tobey Hospital security officer charged with attempted murder after shooting at woman

By Andrea Ray | Sep 19, 2017
Southcoast Health Joseph Singleton, a Tobey Hospital security guard, has been charged with attempted murder.

MARION — A longtime security officer at Tobey Hospital has been charged with attempted murder after he allegedly fired a gun at a woman and child Sept. 18 and led police on a car chase.

Joseph Singleton, 35, of Marion, shot at a woman from his car as she was driving on Route 6 near Gifford’s Corner Road following a domestic disturbance, according to police reports. He was arraigned on Sept. 19 in Wareham District Court and held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing. That hearing is scheduled for Sept. 22.

The woman said she believed the gun was fired four or five times and police found two bullet holes in the trunk of her car.

A 5-year-old child was in the woman’s car and the shooting was related to a domestic violence incident. Both were uninjured.

As he attempted to flee from police, Singleton lost control of his car on I-195’s westbound on-ramp and crashed into several trees.

Singleton was taken into custody at around 7 p.m. A 9mm handgun was located inside his car, which he was properly licensed to carry. No shots were fired by police during the incident.

Singleton has worked for Southcoast Health for the past 15 years and is a former Wareham Animal Control officer who worked part time for the department from 2005 to 2013. Southcoast Health is currently working with the police to gather further details on the incident, said Peter Cohenno, spokesman for Southcoast Health.

“While we do not comment publicly on individual personnel matters, in this case, we can share that the individual involved is not scheduled to work and there are no safety concerns at Tobey Hospital,” Cohenno said.

Assistance was provided by Mattapoisett Police, Rochester Police, Wareham Police, Massachusetts State Police, Massachusetts State Police Crime Scene Services, Plymouth County Sheriff’s Department Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Marion Fire/EMS.

In addition to attempted murder, Singleton was charged with threat to commit a crime, discharging a firearm near a highway, resisting arrest as well as other assault, firearm and motor vehicle charges.

Comments (8)
Posted by: Spherebreaker | Sep 19, 2017 12:45

He will be getting a private tour of the pit of misery, dilly dilly

Posted by: tesnobeach | Sep 19, 2017 13:02

The picture with that child should NOT be in this article ...Shame on you !!! Take it down !

Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | Sep 19, 2017 13:51

I got the Breaking News on this from Sippican Week earlier. I was relieved that the woman and the child were unharmed.  My next thought (without pun), was that Wareham dodged a bullet because this didn't happen in Wareham. Although demographically incomparable (as some of you have explained to me) it is still good to see when the tri-town takes one for the team and has a Warehamy event of their own.  Much to my chagrin, this later story in Wareham Week ties him to Wareham, leaving me disappointed but not surprised. I guess there's no avoiding it.  Must be the magnet!

Posted by: Warehamlifer | Sep 19, 2017 16:07

How can anyone tell that that's a kid with this knucklehead. I think maybe Southcoast should do a little better job screening their non-union workers.

Posted by: cranky pants | Sep 19, 2017 16:46

Shooting happened in Marion, the fella lived in Marion..

Why did Wareham police have to deal with this ? Thankfully it turned out like it did but there was potential for our first responders to be in an ugly situation to say the least.

I'm not trying to imply that Marion or Mattapoisett more or less expendable than Wareham's finest, I'm just trying to understand logistics here.

I was listening along on the scanner, the whole thing is scary and sad.

Reminds me of the movie " Falling down ".

Posted by: Knocked for six | Sep 20, 2017 19:42

So where he is kinda tied to law enforcement is he a "THUG" ? I'm starting to fell some kind of prejudice .... Just saying!

Posted by: Spherebreaker | Sep 21, 2017 14:06

Of course he is a thug, my Dilly Dilly statement makes that abundantly clear.

Posted by: Society for Suppression of Noise | Sep 21, 2017 22:20

Of course the child's picture should be deleted.  To include it would humanize Singleton.  Only women should pose with their offspring.


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