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DA Says Fatal Shooting Of Man In Taunton Stabbing Rampage Was Justified

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Prosecutors in Massachusetts say an off-duty sheriff's deputy was justified in fatally shooting a man who went on a stabbing rampage in a mall restaurant in Taunton.

Bristol District Attorney Thomas Quinn announced Wednesday a report found that Plymouth County Deputy Sheriff James Creed was justified in using deadly force to prevent death or serious harm to himself or others.

As reported earlier, Quinn said DaRosa assaulted multiple people in a Macy's at the Silver City Galleria on May 10 before running to a Bertucci's restaurant and stabbing two people. One of the people stabbed, a 56-year-old teacher who tried to intervene, died.

The report says Creed was having dinner at the restaurant when Arthur DaRosa entered and started attacking a waitress. Creed fatally shot DaRosa when he refused to comply with orders to drop the knife, according to the report.

Authorities say DaRosa had also fatally stabbed an 80-year-old woman in her home earlier that night.



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