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September 26, 2012

Man who dragged cop in 2004 killed fleeing police

Newton, N.H., man was shot by police in 2004 incident as he tried to flee officer

HAVERHILL — The man who died in a car crash fleeing police after stealing a case of beer from one store and trying to shoplift two pints of vodka from another Monday was charged in a 2004 alcohol-fueled attempted killing of a cop.

Dean Stockwell, 49, of Newton, N.H., died shortly after Monday’s 11 a.m. accident. Police said Stockwell robbed a Plaistow store of a case of beer and two packs of cigarettes early that morning and then tried to shoplift two bottles of vodka from a Haverhill convenience store while driving a stolen car. A Haverhill police officer spotted the stolen car a short time later, but lost sight of it when it sped away northbound on Main Street.

Stockwell turned the Honda Odyssey onto North Avenue, rear-ended another car, struck and seriously injured a pedestrian walking a dog, and then slammed into a tree. Stockwell was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The driver of the rear-ended car was identified as William Fantini, 56, of 3 Solitaire Drive, Haverhill. Fantini was treated and released from a local hospital, officials said.

The 39 year-old pedestrian who was struck was initially taken to Lawrence General Hospital and was transported to Beth Israel Hospital in Boston. His name is not being released at this time. Police said the man suffered serious, but non-life-threatening injuries.

The Essex District Attorney’s Office said Stockwell had various addresses in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Monday’s crash remains under investigation by Haverhill Police and Massachusetts State Police C.A.R.S. (Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section).

According to the district attorney’s office, Stockwell served six months in jail after pleading guilty in 2004 to drunken driving and assault with intent to kill after he dragged a police officer with his car.

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