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Police Officer Killed After Argument with Resident

August 25, 1994

FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) _ A police officer who was distributing parking permits for residents to use during a weekend religious festival was shot three times in the chest and killed with his own gun.

Raymond Cook, who lives in the building where the officer was shot, was charged with murder.

Officer Thomas J. Giunta, 44, was killed Wednesday as he went door-to-door handing out free parking permits for residents to use during the Feast of the Holy Ghost.

When Giunta approached the apartment where Cook lives, the two got in an argument and Cook shot the officer, said Detective Joseph Castro.

Neighbors said Cook, 46, had behaved oddly in the past.

″He walks around the park talking to himself and doing strange things. I see him every day. He had some problems, but he never seemed to bother anybody,″ said neighbor Raymond Boulay.

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