DA: Police shooting of man who dragged officer justified

WOBURN, Mass. (AP) — Authorities in Massachusetts say a police officer was justified in the shooting of a man accused of dragging another officer with his car.

Middlesex County District Attorney Marian Ryan announced the findings of the investigation Tuesday.

Ryan says there was “no criminal conduct involved” in the July 16 shooting of 27-year-old Michael Clark.

Prosecutors say a Tyngsborough officer tried to stop Clark’s vehicle but Clark fled. The officer followed him to Chelmsford, where a Chelmsford officer tried to stop Clark.

Prosecutors say Clark pulled over but reversed when the Chelmsford officer approached, catching him on the car door and dragging him. The Tyngsborough officer then shot Clark twice.

Clark was treated at a Boston hospital.

The Chelmsford officer was treated and released.

Clark is charged with assault and related crimes.

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