DA: Shooting of Malden bank robber justified
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WOBURN, Mass. (AP) -- The Middlesex district attorney's office has determined that five police officers were justified in opening fire on a bank robbery suspect who died of gunshot wounds to the head.
The district attorney said in a statement Thursday that the officers from Saugus and Malden "were in imminent danger of being shot" and therefore were justified in using deadly force against William Ekasala, one of three men accused of robbing a Malden bank on March 23.
Authorities say Ekasala wore body armor and a mask when he and another man robbed the bank of $4,900. A third man is accused of being the getaway driver.
The investigation determined that Ekasala tried to or succeeded in carjacking three vehicles, endangering six civilians. He also fired several shots at pursuing officers.