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Monday, October 16, 2006

Franklin man shot dead by police

FRANKLIN

A 42-year-old father of two who was facing divorce was shot to death yesterday by Franklin police who had gone to his home to enforce a restraining order requiring him to surrender his weapons and leave the premises, the county prosecutor said.

Lawrence J. McCarthy, a window installer who was served divorce papers on Friday, was called by Franklin police about 3:30 p.m. yesterday, to notify him that a Norfolk County judge had issued an order for him to vacate his house on Chestnut Street and give up his rifle and any other weapons he had, Norfolk District Attorney William R. Keating said.

Over the next two hours, McCarthy made threats of violence, Keating said. About 5:30 p.m., McCarthy walked out of a back entrance of the home, holding a rifle with a telescopic sight, and raised the weapon in a menacing manner, Keating said.

A 10-year veteran officer on the Franklin force fired one shot, killing McCarthy, Keating told the Globe in a story today.

-- David Abel

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