Tewksbury Police Officers Honored For Heroism (Videos)
Sep 23, 2016 01:16PM
● By Bill Gilman
But it is a situation all are trained for.
On the morning of Feb. 17, 2017, Tewksbury detectives Edward D. Jackman, Michael J. McLaughlin and a third detective tracked down Doug Sparks to a neighborhood roughly a half-mile from the Salter School, where the 30-year-old Medford man had just assaulted his ex-girlfriend and the man she was with, with a knife.
Sparks brandished a gun. McLaughlin ordered him to drop it. He refused and pointed it toward McLaughlin, Jackman and a third detective.
McLaughlin and Jackman fired on the suspect, striking him multiple times, killing him. The gun in Sparks hand turned out to be a BB gun. However, it was missing the orange tip that would have identified it as a toy and, as a result, looked identical to a real gun.
An investigation conducted by the office of Middlesex DA Marian Ryan determined the shooting was justified.
On Thursday, Jackman and McGlaughlin were at the State House to receive the Trooper George L. Hanna Award, for Valor, for displaying bravery in a life-threatening situation. They were among 20 officers representing five departments, presented with awards by Gov. Charlie Baker.
Also in attendance was Tewksbury Police Chief Timothy Sheehan, Selectman Mark Kratman, State Sen. Barbara L'Italien, State Rep. Jim Lyons and State Rep. Jim Miceli.
Photos and videos of the ceremony (BELOW) were posted by Mark Kratman.
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