• Medford police officer accused of lying to investigators after fatal shooting in his home


    WOBURN, Mass. (MyFoxBoston.com) -- A Medford police officer was indicted Thursday amid accusations that he lied to investigators probing a July 3 murder.

    Miguel Lopez, 53, of Stoneham, was indicted by a Middlesex Grand Jury on two counts of witness intimidation.

    Lopez was arrested for his alleged actions following a double shooting in his residence at 6 Micah's Pond Way in Stoneham.

    Two others, 24-year old Jessie Williams, of Medford, and 19-year-old Eugene Tate, of Malden, were also indicted Thursday for their alleged connection to the double shooting.

    Williams and Tate are charged with murder, armed assault with intent to murder, armed assault in a dwelling, assault with a dangerous weapon, armed robbery, and illegal possession of a firearm.

    Investigators allege Lopez's 28-year-old stepson had arranged to sell drugs to the men through "known associates" at the Micah's Pond Way home. They claim the men drew handguns, demanding cash and money after entering the 28-year-old's home. Both the 28-year-old and his friend, Joseph Puopolo, were shot. Puopolo, 27, died as a result of his injuries. The 28-year-old man survived a gunshot wound to his abdomen.

    Officials say Puopolo was not involved in the drug transaction and just happened to be at his friend's home on the night of the shooting. Loved ones say Puopolo was a veteran of the U.S. Army and spent 14 months fighting in Afghanistan.

    Lopez was interviewed by Mass. State Police following the shooting. Investigators allege Lopez lied to police during the interview to cover up the drug deal that led to the shooting. They further allege that Lopez removed evidence from the home.

    The 53-year-old is expected to be arraigned in Middlesex Superior Court at a later date.

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