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Prosecutor: police fatally shot armed suspect in 2 stabbings outside training school


TEWKSBURY, Massachusetts — A prosecutor says police fatally shot an armed man suspected of stabbing two people, including a woman he once dated, outside a Tewksbury career training school.

Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan said 30-year-old Doug Sparks of Medford argued with the woman and a man who arrived in a car at the Salter School around 9 a.m. Tuesday. The school said the victims are admissions staffers.

Ryan said Sparks slashed the car's tires and stabbed the victims in the arms and hands. The injuries weren't life-threatening. Ryan said Sparks took the woman a short distance in his car, then ran.

She said two officers found him nearby and shot him when he refused to follow orders. Ryan said Sparks had a knife and a BB handgun.

The school said it's providing counseling on campus and cooperating with police.

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