State Police shoot and kill armed drug suspect in Orange

Members of the State Police STOP Team shot and killed a 23-year-old man today when he allegedly confronted troopers with a gun as they tried to execute a search warrant at his apartment on Mechanic Street in the central Massachusetts town of Orange, State Police said.

It was the second time in two days that a Massachusetts law enforcement agency shot and killed a person under investigation. On Tuesday, Ashland police fatally shot Andrew Stigliano, 27, after he allegedly armed himself with a shotgun when officers tried to arrest him. Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan’s office is investigating the use of deadly force.

In this morning’s incident, State Police said in a statement, the department's STOP, or SWAT, team, was used because detectives investigating the man learned he was often armed with firearms.

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When troopers entered the man’s second-floor apartment, the man “confronted troopers with a firearm. A trooper or troopers discharged service weapons in response and struck the suspect,’’ State Police said in a statement.

The man was given first aid at the scene, but later pronounced dead at an unidentified hospital.

During the incident inside the building at 18 Mechanic St., a 25-year-old woman who lives in the unit suffered an eye injury. She was taken for medical treatment, State Police said.

Two firearms were found in the apartment, State Police said.

The use of deadly force is now under investigation by Northwestern District Attorney David E. Sullivan.

The man was under investigation for allegedly selling oxycodone and Percocet, State Police said.

The names of the man and the woman were not released by State Police.