- Associated Press - Friday, March 11, 2016

LOWELL, Mass. (AP) - Authorities say a Lowell police officer who was placed on administrative leave after shooting an allegedly armed home invasion suspect was justified and will be returning to work.

A police spokesman said Friday that Officer Buntha Kieng has been cleared following an investigation by the Lowell Police Department and Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office.

Police say Kieng encountered 48-year-old Timothy Berry after responding to a reported home invasion Feb. 6. They say Kieng shot him after Berry pointed a handgun at the officer.

Berry suffered non-life threatening injuries and has since been charged with home invasion and other offenses.

Authorities say a second suspect, 46-year-old Christopher Covey, fled the home but was apprehended and has been charged with home invasion.

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