Two charged in fatal shooting of Stoneham veteran

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

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 face murder and other charges.


Police found Joseph Puopolo Jr., 27, with gunshot wounds in his chest and wrist in a home on Micah’s Pond Way . He was later pronounced dead.

The shooting appeared to be the result of a botched drug deal, officials said. A 28-year-old intended to sell drugs to Williams and Tate, but asked Puopolo to supervise the deal, according to the statement.

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

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