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Merrimack Valley

January 18, 2013

DA: Officer involved in shooting still under investigation

LAWRENCE — Police officer William Green has returned to work while the shooting he was involved in seven weeks ago remains under investigation.

Green, a 7-year department veteran, shot a man who was beating another man outside the packed Club Copa nightclub at closing time Sunday, Dec. 2. Dressed in full uniform, Green was working a paid detail at the 1 Mill St. club that night.

The officer shot Jose Concepcion, 26, wounding him in the chest to stop him from repeatedly hitting the unidentified victim with a baseball bat in an alley adjacent to the north side of the 1 Mill St. club.

Green has since returned to work with no restrictions, Police Chief John Romero said.

State troopers assigned to District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett’s office were asked to investigate the shooting since a Lawrence officer was involved.

When asked Thursday about the outcome of the investigation, if any additional charges were filed and if Green was cleared in the probe, a spokeswoman for Blodgett said the “incident is still under investigation.”

About 400 people were in Club Copa at closing time that morning.

After he was shot, Concepcion, of 187 Chestnut St., Lawrence, was taken to Lawrence General Hospital. He was also arrested and charged with assault with intent to murder and two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

The 27-year-old beating victim, who was not identified by authorites, was taken to Beth Israel Deaconness Hospital in Boston where he was treated for blunt force trauma to his head and multiple stab wounds to his torso. He was expected to survive the attack, police said.

Green was put on paid administrative leave after the incident, which is department protocol when an officer is involved in a shooting, Romero said previously. Green was never involved in a shooting before during his seven years on the department.

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