PEABODY, Mass. (AP) – Prosecutors say a Peabody police officer was justified when he fatally shot a man who threatened officers with what turned out to be a starter pistol.

The Essex District Attorney’s office said Monday that Phillip Noto was shot in the abdomen by Officer Richard Cochran.

Investigators said Noto pulled the gun while police were attempting to arrest him for allegedly violating a restraining order.

Noto had just been freed on $750 bail after pleading not guilty to making a threat at his home a day earlier.

The investigation conducted by state police determined that the actions of Cochran and his partner were appropriate for a life-threatening situation.

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