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Stoughton officer cleared of wrongdoing in shooting

March 24, 2015

STOUGHTON, Mass. (AP) — An investigation into the non-fatal shooting of a knife-wielding suspect by a member of the Stoughton police department has cleared the officer of wrongdoing.

Norfolk District Attorney Michael Morrissey said in a statement Monday that that the officer responded “reasonably and lawfully” when he shot Cannon Dawson on Feb. 5.

Dawson had become belligerent after being involved in a traffic crash, refusing to provide police his license and registration and resisting arrest.

Morrissey said the unnamed officer first tried to subdue Dawson with verbal warnings and through use of a Taser before drawing his weapon.

The officer faced “an imminent deadly threat” when Dawson armed himself with a knife.

The investigation involved review of video, eyewitness accounts and interviews

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