A Woburn police officer is dead, along with a robbery suspect, after an attempted armed robbery of a department store led to an exchange of gunfire Sunday night, officials said.
The officer, whose name was not released, was fatally shot as he responded to a report of three people who allegedly attempted to rob a Kohl's department store on Washington Street around 9 p.m., the Middlesex District Attorney's office and Woburn police said in a joint statement.
He was transported to Lahey Clinic in Burlington, where he later died.
"This is a horribly tragic incident in which an officer was fatally shot in the line of duty," Middlesex District Attorney Gerard T. Leone said. "We continue to investigate the circumstances of the shooting and will update the public with information as it is developed. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Officer's family at this time."
A suspect in the robbery was also killed, said David Procopio, a state police spokesman.
A second suspect was later arrested by a state trooper, he said.
The status of a third suspect in the robbery was not clear late last night.
A store representative at the Kohl's refused to comment on the shooting. Nearly 30 state troopers assisted Woburn police, Procopio said. Police from Stoneham and Reading also assisted.
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