DA concludes 2 Tewksbury detectives were justified in fatally shooting man after slashings

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TEWKSBURY, Massachusetts — Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan says two Tewksbury police detectives were justified in fatally shooting a man who authorities say pointed a gun at the officers after slashing his ex-girlfriend and a man outside a career training school.

Ryan said Friday that no criminal charges were warranted against detectives Michael McLaughlin and Edward Jackman in the shooting of 30-year-old Douglas Sparks of Medford on Feb. 17.

Police said Sparks confronted his ex-girlfriend and a man outside the Salter School where the two victims worked. Authorities say Sparks slashed tires on the woman's car with a knife, slashed the man's hand and slashed the woman's finger.

Ryan says the detectives shot Sparks when he pointed what turned out to be a BB handgun at them and refused orders to drop it.

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