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Alleged accomplice of man fatally shot by police in Fields Corner is found, arrested on gun charges

Boston Police report arresting the second man they say officers were chasing when the first began shooting at them.

Ernest Watkins, 21, whose criminal record includes involuntary manslaughter for his connection to a stabbing murder in 2012 - when Watkins was just 14 - was charged with assault with a dangerous weapon, unlawful possession of a firearm and unlawful possession of ammunition for his alleged role in the incident, which police say when Watkins and the other man, still unidentified by police, began shooting at Town Field in Fields Corner.

Police say officers nabbed Watkins around 10:20 p.m. yesterday at Dorchester and Melville avenues, not far from where his alleged accomplice made his fatal stand.

Police say two bicycle cops began chasing the pair, but focused on one of them when the pair split up a couple blocks away - because that man still had a gun in his possession. Police say that man pulled the gun on Penhallow Street, off Melville, refused demands to drop it and was shot dead after he fired on the officers.

According to the Suffolk County District Attorney's office, which had requested bail of $100,000, Dorchester Municipal Court Judge Lisa Grant set bail at $25,000 - and required Watkins to wear a GPS device and be confined to home should he make bail.

According to the DA's office, Watkins was convicted in 2015 for involuntary manslaughter for the death of Cherby LaJoie on Charles Street in Dorchester on Oct. 6, 2012. Following his conviction, prosecutors asked a judge to sentence him to 12 to 15 years; the judge instead sentenced him to 4 to 5 years.

Innocent, etc.

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