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Dudley Square MBTA Bus Station Murder Suspects Held Without Bail

ROXBURY (CBS) –Two men accused of shooting and killing a young man late Thursday night at the Dudley Square MBTA bus station are being held without bail.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Karen Twomey reports


The victim, identified as Courtney Jackson, 26, of Roxbury was shot just before 10 p.m. while standing on a platform. He stumbled into an open bus door and onto the bus, which was crowded with about 50 passengers. He was rushed to the hospital where he died.

Police say Jackson had gotten into a heated conversation with 25-year-old Brian Cooper and 22-year-old Jamel Bannister.

When he turned around, officers say Cooper and Bannister both pulled out guns and Cooper was first to fire a shot.

The shooting was caught on surveillance cameras. Two Boston police officers working a detail nearby chased down and arrested two suspects.

"One officer chased and apprehended the suspect with a gun. The other officer chased the second suspect with the assistance of a patrol car that was in the area, (they) managed to capture him as well," Police Commissioner Ed Davis told WBZ NewsRadio 1030 Friday.

There's no word yet on a motive.

"This kind of act is brazen and very dangerous to the safety of the public and we're just very happy that the officers were in the area and were able to take these two into custody so quickly," Davis said.

Cooper and Bannister's attorney denies the two were involved, saying police arrested the wrong men.

"He's a fine young man. Right now he's in a state of shock. I mean, how could this be that I'm running away from gunshot wounds to protect myself and they pull me in for murder. He's very distraught," Attorney John Tardiff said.

Both suspects have prior criminal records, and both are additionally charged as armed career criminals.

Bannister faced drug and assault charges in 2009 and 2011 and Cooper faced armed assault with intent to murder in 2007.

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