• DA: trooper justified in shooting drug suspect


    ORANGE, Mass. (AP) - The Northwestern district attorney's office says its investigation has found that a veteran state trooper was justified in shooting a drug suspect from Orange who pointed a rifle at him and refused to drop it.

    Twenty-three-year Corey Navarette was fatally shot at his apartment July 3. Prosecutors said Thursday that Trooper Michael Baker acted to defend himself and other troopers. They were carrying out a search warrant in an investigation of illegal sales of prescription painkillers.

    The report said that besides the semi-automatic rifle, Navarette had a semi-automatic pistol, both of which he legally owned. Police also found more than 150 tablets, most of which were oxycodone and more than $4,000 in cash.

    The report said it was the first time in a 20-year career Baker had fired his weapon on duty apart from training.

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