Middlesex D.A.: Officers justified in shooting of Lowell man

LOWELL, MA (WHDH) - The Middlesex District Attorney’s Office Tuesday released its findings in the investigation into the shooting death of a Lowell man back in March.

The investigation concluded that officers were justified in using deadly force in the shooting of Jose Perez.

Officers responded to a call they said was made by Perez on March 26.  The caller in that 911 call said he was going to “kill everyone” and requested police be sent.

Police said that when they arrived at the scene, they were encountered by a combative man identified as Perez, with a meat cleaver and another large knife.  Officers said Perez ignored commands to drop his weapons, and when the man started coming their way, they fired their weapons.  Perez later died at Lowell General Hospital.

After interviewing the officers, witnesses, reviewing ballistics evidence and radio transmissions, the D.A. concluded the police officers were justified in their actions.

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