The Waltham police affidavit indicates that 17-year-old Tyler Zanco was killed Thursday, March 20, when he tried to retaliate after his cousin was ripped off in a drug deal, according to a report on The Waltham Channel’s Facebook page.
Zanco, a Waltham High senior and wrestling captain, was gunned down shortly after 10 p.m. that night in the Gardencrest Apartments parking lot on Middlesex Circle in Waltham.
Police have issued two warrants: One for the alleged triggerman, 22-year-old Domingo Mendes, of Belmont, and another for Taylor Poulin, 21, of Newton. Both men are considered armed and dangerous.
Another Waltham High student allegedly set up the “deal,” so that Zanco could get back at Poulin for ripping off his cousin for 2 ounces of marijuana, according to The Waltham Channel. Zanco allegedly tased Poulin with a stun gun during the altercation, before Mendes fired the fatal shots, according to the report.
According to The Waltham Channel, the cause of death was listed as “a gunshot wound of the chest that entered through the back.”