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DA: Medford cop covered up drug deal that led to fatal shooting

A Medford Police officer was indicted for witness intimidation after trying to cover up a drug deal that lead to a fatal shooting, authorities said.

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A Medford Police officer was indicted Thursday for allegedly lying to investigators and trying to cover up a drug deal that lead to a fatal shooting.

Miguel Lopez, 53, of Stoneham, was indicted on two counts of witness intimidation, according to the Middlesex district attorney's office. An arraignment date has not yet been set.

Lopez lived with one of the victims of a July 3 shooting. Police were called to the home and found two people shot. One of them later died.

Authorities said that Lopez lied to investigators probing the shooting in an attempt to cover up a drug deal and then he removed evidence from the home.

"These are very serious allegations that a law enforcement official acted to conceal evidence and hinder a police investigation into a double shooting that left one man dead," District Attorney Marian Ryan said in a statement. "This alleged conduct compromises the integrity of our criminal justice system and we will fully prosecute any one who attempts to interfere with an investigation."

Additionally, two other men were indicted Thursday in connection with the shooting. Jessie Williams, 24, of Medford, and Eugene Tate, 19, of Malden, face charges including murder and armed robbery. They were arraigned on July 8 on criminal complaints.

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