Grand Jury Indicts 22-Year-Old in Lake Street Shooting Death

Eric Benedict (Facebook photograph).

District Attorney Cites Alcohol, Marijuana Use

A Haverhill man was indicted today in connection with the shooting death of Eric Benedict, 25, Feb. 1, at a Lake Street home.

Ross Tucker, 22, of Haverhill was indicted for involuntary manslaughter and carrying a firearm while under the influence of marijuana and alcohol, Carrie Kimball-Monahan, spokesperson for Essex District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett, told WHAV Thursday afternoon. Tucker is expected to be arraigned tomorrow in Salem Superior Court.

State police assigned to Blodgett’s office had been investigating since the shooting occurred around 7 p.m., Feb. 1, at Benedict’s 452 Lake St. home. Information from the investigation was presented to the grand jury.

Benedict, 25, died from from “a single gunshot wound to his head,” Kimball-Monahan said. He was transported to Lawrence General Hospital where he was pronounced dead. “The Essex District Attorney’s Office conducted a grand jury investigation to determine the facts and circumstances of the shooting, the result of which are the indictments handed up today,” she added.

A Haverhill police log from that day indicated a 7:06 p.m. call which triggered an ambulance to respond.

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