Two arrested in fatal shooting of Stoneham veteran

One man was arrested and another turned himself in to police Sunday in connection with a Stoneham shooting that killed a veteran who served in Afghanistan and wounded another man Wednesday.

Jessie Williams, 24, of Medford, was arrested in East Boston, Middlesex district attorney Marian T. Ryan and Stoneham Police Chief James McIntyre said in a joint statement. Eugene Tate, 19, of Malden, turned himself in to police in Stoneham.

Both were charged with murder, assault with a dangerous weapon, armed assault with intent to murder, illegal possession of a firearm, and armed robbery, said Stephanie Chelf Guyotte, a spokeswoman for the Middlesex district attorney’s office.


Police found Stoneham resident Joseph Puopolo Jr., 27, who was discharged from the Army last year, with gunshot wounds in his chest and wrist in a two-story home on Micah’s Pond Way early Wednesday morning. He was later pronounced dead. Another man, a 28-year-old who police did not identify, suffered a shot to the stomach.

The shooting appeared to be the result of a botched drug deal, officials said. The 28-year-old intended to sell drugs to Williams and Tate, but asked Puopolo to supervise the deal because he was afraid the two would rip him off, according to the statement.

Williams and Tate came into the man’s home, drew their guns, and demanded Puopolo and the other man hand over drugs and cash, according to the statement. They then shot the two men

Tate and Williams are scheduled to be arraigned Monday in Woburn District Court.

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