Suspect Accused Of Shooting, Killing Woman In Malden Arraigned

Malden Shooting Suspect

Photo: Courtesy of Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan

Updated at 12:13 p.m. on July 7, 2021

MALDEN, Mass. (WBZ News Radio) — A suspect accused of shooting and a killing a woman in Malden Tuesday was arrested Wednesday morning.

According to Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan, Brian Butler, 30, was arrested without incident in an Ashland home in connection to the fatal shooting of Erin Fitzgibbon, 30, of Everett.

Police responded to a report at 7:17 a.m. Tuesday of a robbery and shooting at a home on Fairmont Street. Officers arriving on scene found Fitzgibbon suffering from an apparent gunshot wound to the head.

She was taken to a local hospital where she was later pronounced dead.

Investigators believe Butler entered the home, shot Fitzgibbon, and ran away from the scene in possession of the gun and property from the home.

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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.

A second person was arrested in connection to the shooting. Cody DiGaetano, 24, of Chelsea is accused of helping Butler flee the scene. He has been charged with accessory after the fact to an armed robbery and accessory after the fact to assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

Both suspects were scheduled to be arraigned in Malden District Court on Wednesday. Butler was ordered held without bail at his arraignment Wednesday afternoon, according to WBZ-TV.

"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," District Attorney Marian Ryan said. "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."

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Written by Rachel Armany and Bea Aldrich

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