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Officers who shot Manuel DaVeiga cleared

Officers who shot suspect cleared

Manuel DaVeiga
Manuel DaVeiga

By Travis Andersen Globe Staff / June 25, 2011

A Boston police officer and a state trooper who shot an armed man on a Dorchester street in April last year have been cleared of any wrongdoing, after it was determined that they acted in self-defense and that the victim turned his gun on himself, authorities said yesterday.
In a letter yesterday to the heads of State and Boston police, Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley, whose office investigates all violent deaths in the county including fatal shootings involving police, wrote that responding authorities were justified in shooting the victim, Manuel DaVeiga, 19, who died.

“A comprehensive and objective examination of all the evidence in this case revealed that Mr. DaVeiga opened fire on [responding officers and troopers] and, in the ensuing exchange of gunfire, took his own life,’’ Conley wrote.


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