Nicholas Hoar

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Service Record

Massachusetts Bay Massachusetts Transportation Authority Police Department

Rank Officer
Dates of Service Ended in 2016.[1]
Last Known Status Separated

Fall River Massachusetts Police Department

Rank Officer
Dates of Service Joined in 2016.[2]
Salary $70,752 (2022)[3]
Last Known Status Active

Incident Reports

2017 Death of Larry Ruiz-Barreto

On November 12, 2017, Hoar responded to a call of a crowd with a possible fight and gunshots. The gathering was an organized drag race, and cars scattered when Hoar arrived. Hoar exited his vehicle and approached a car driven by Ruiz-Barreto. Hoar claimed that Ruiz-Barreto drove toward him, ignored commands to stop, and knocked Hoar onto the hood of the car. Hoar drew his gun and aimed it at Ruiz-Barreto, who drove forward again, prompting Hoar to shoot through the windshield, striking Ruiz-Barreto.[4][5][6]

Paramedics responded. Ruiz-Barreto died at the hospital.[5]

Witnesses claimed that Hoar was not struck by the car.[1]

No body-worn camera video or witness video exists of the incident. Video from a distant surveillance camera recorded the incident with low detail.[1]

Response Timeline

On March 16, 2018, the county District Attorney cleared Hoar of any wrongdoing, saying that Ruiz-Barreto had "intentionally and unlawfully" used his car against Hoar, who "was justified in using deadly force".[4][7]

After the criminal review, the department opened an internal investigation.[4]

On November 2, 2020, the family filed a lawsuit against Hoar and other officers.[8]

2020 Arrest of William Harvey

On December 21, 2020, Harvey was arrested on a domestic complaint for assaulting a former girlfriend.[6][2][7]

Hoar hit Harvey with his baton and slammed Harvey's head into a door.[2]

On his report, Hoar claimed that Harvey kicked him and that Harvey hit his own head. Hoar did not detail the use of the baton.[2]

Part of the incident was captured on a surveillance camera.[2]

Response Timeline

Hoar was placed on paid leave.[6]

On December 29, 2020, the department's Office of Professional Standards opened an investigation.[7]

The FBI opened an investigation.[2]

Harvey filed a civil lawsuit.[2]

In August 2022, Harvey settled the civil lawsuit for $65,000.[6]

On November 30, 2022, a federal grand jury indicted Hoar on one count of deprivation of rights under color of law resulting in bodily injury and two counts of filing false reports. Hoar faces up to 10 years in prison for deparivation of rights, and up to 20 years in prison for filing false report. Hoar pleaded not guilty.[6][2]

Hoar was placed on unpaid leave.[6]

In January 2023, Hoar's certification was suspended by the Massachusetts Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Commission.[2]

On February 1, 2024, Hoar was convicted on charges of deprivation of rights under color of law and two counts of false reports.[9]

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