A Medford police officer allegedly lied to authorities and removed evidence from the Stoneham home where a double shooting occurred on July 3 in order to cover up the drug deal that led to the shooting.
Miguel Lopez, 53, of Stoneham, was indicted Thursday by a Middlesex Grand Jury on two counts of witness intimidation, according to a release from the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office.
The shooting left one man, 27-year-old Joseph Puopolo, dead and another 28-year-old man injured. The 28-year-old man, who has been released from the hospital, lives at the home at 6 Micah’s Pond Way in Stoneham with Lopez, according to authorities.
“This alleged conduct compromises the integrity of our criminal justice system and we will fully prosecute any one who attempts to interfere with an investigation,” Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan said.
In connection with the crime, Jessie Williams, 24, of Medford, and Eugene Tate, 19, of Malden, have been charged with murder, armed assault with intent to murder, assault with a dangerous weapon, armed robbery and illegal possession of a firearm. Both men are being held without bail.
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