FRAMINGHAM (CBS) – A 68-year-old man shot and killed during a drug raid was accidentally shot by a Framingham officer who will not be charged, according to the district attorney.
District Attorney Gerry Leone said Framingham SWAT team member Paul Duncan was moving toward Stamps to secure his hands behind his back when he lost his balance.
WBZ-TV’s Jack Williams reports.
In a statement, the DA says, “while falling, Officer Duncan removed his left hand from his rifle, which was pointing down towards the ground, and put his left arm out to try and catch himself. As he did so, he heard a shot.”
At that point, the DA said Officer Duncan realized he was practically on top of Stamps and that Stamps was bleeding.
The DA said there’s no evidence to suggest Officer Duncan intended to pull the trigger or that he was reckless.
“My sincerest condolences go out to Mr. Stamps’ family and many friends for what is an extremely tragic and sad incident,” District Attorney Leone said.
The victim’s family announced Wednesday that they will launch a civil rights investigation into Stamps’ death.