UPDATED: Man Wanted in Malden Murder Arrested in Ashland

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Updated with statement from District Attorney’s office.

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ASHLAND – An Everett man wanted in connection with a Malden murder on July 6 was arrested in Ashland this morning, July 7. There was heavy police presence in Ashland all morning with helicopters.

Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and Malden Police Chief Kevin Molis confirmed around 11:30 a.m. that Brian Butler, 30 of Everett, was arrested this morning without incident in an Ashland home. 

He will likely be arraigned today, July 7, in Malden District Court in connection with the fatal shooting of Erin Fitzgibbon, 30 of Everett.

“Erin Fitzgibbon’s death was the tragic result of her being in the wrong place at the wrong time. We recognize that for her loved ones and for the public last night was a long night wondering about the whereabouts of Mr. Butler,” said District Attorney Marian Ryan. “We believe that as a result of the media attention on this case an individual known to the persons involved in this incident was able to help move our investigation forward in locating Mr. Butler. We are grateful for everyone’s patience and vigilance in this case.”

The subsequent investigation into this incident, including witness interviews and video surveillance,  revealed that following the fatal shooting the suspect was allegedly driven from the scene in a green Honda  by Cody DiGaetano. 

The two men allegedly travelled to Ashland where Butler remained overnight. 

Last night police were able to locate the vehicle in Chelsea and subsequently determined the location of Butler.

He was arrested this morning by Massachusetts State Police and Malden Police with the assistance of Ashland police.

Butler has been charged with murder, armed home invasion, armed assault with intent to murder, assault with a dangerous weapon, possession of a firearm and possession of a loaded firearm. 

This is an active and ongoing investigation being conducted by the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office, Malden Police and Massachusetts State Police Detectives assigned to the District Attorney’s Office. The Massachusetts State Police STOP team and the Massachusetts State Police negotiation team also assisted.

Yesterday, the District Attorney’s office asked for the public’s help in finding the man wanted in connection with fatal shooting of Fitzgibbon, 30 of Everett.

Investigators announced yesterday they obtained a warrant for the arrest of Brian Butler, 30 in connection with fatally shooting Fitzgibbon inside a Fairmont Street residence. 

Butler is described as a white male with brown hair and brown eyes.  He is 6 feet 3 inches tall weighting about 180 pounds.  He also has several distinct tattoos. Butler’s last known address is in Everett.

At approximately 7:17 a.m. on July 6, Malden Police received a 9-1-1 call reporting a robbery and that someone had been shot. The caller also said the suspect who is known to the parties in the home and was later identified as Brian Butler.

Upon arrival at the scene the alleged suspect had fled and police located Fitzgibbon suffering from an apparent gunshot wound to the head. She was transported to Massachusetts General Hospital where she later died, said the District Attorney’s office.

The subsequent investigation suggests that Brian Butler allegedly entered the home in possession of a firearm and fired the weapon shooting the victim.  He later fled the scene in possession of the gun and property from the home. Butler has been charged with murder, armed home invasion, armed assault with intent to murder, assault with a dangerous weapon, possession of a firearm and possession of a loaded firearm, said the DA’s office.

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