EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

Breaking news

April 12, 2013

Police chief faces charge in teen's death

BRENTWOOD — Danville police Chief Wade Parsons has been charged with negligent storage of firearms relating to the death by gunshot last month of Jacob Carver, 15, in Parsons' home.

Rockingham County Attorney Jim Reams announced this morning that the longtime police chief will be prosecuted for failing to secure his loaded service weapon before he left his home to run errands March 11. Parsons did so knowing there was a juvenile in the house, Reams said.

The charge is a violation of RSA 650-C: I, punishable by a fine of up to $1,000.

"It is my hope that out of this tragedy will come increased awareness by gun owners that they are responsible for the way they store their weapons," Reams said.

State police investigated the Timberlane freshman's death, but were tight lipped throughout.

As the investigation neared its conclusion, New Hampshire State Police Lt. Christopher Vetter said it would be up to Reams's office to determine whether charges would be filed.

The teen was the son of Parsons' girlfriend, and a popular freshman who wrestled and played football.

Vetter said earlier Parsons was not being investigated and that the tragedy had been classified by state police as an “untimely death.”

State police have never identified the teenager and would say not how he died, although the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office confirmed it was a shooting.

Parsons was out of work for several weeks after the shooting, but returned in late March.

Selectmen’s Chairman Shawn O’Neil said earlier state police told selectmen the town had nothing to be concerned about.

An anonymous letter from the Timberlane community last month was sent to Parsons and media organizations, calling for the release of details in the case. It was signed “Timberlane Regional High School Parents and Friends of Jacob Carver.”

Vetter repeatedly has said the boy’s death was not accidental, but also was not a homicide. Asked if it were a suicide, Vetter said, “I wouldn’t say that.”

The letter also asked Parsons to provide gun safety classes at local schools.

Parsons has been Danville’s chief since 1995.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Latest News
Breaking news

NDN Video
Judge Ponders Overturning Colo. Gay Marriage Ban Airlines Halt Travel to Israel Amid Violence NYPD Chief Calls for 'use of Force' Retraining VA Nominee McDonald Goes Before Congress Bush: Don't Worry, Sugarland Isn't Breaking Up US Official: Most Migrant Children to Be Removed Police Probing Brooklyn Bridge Flag Switch CDC Head Concerned About a Post-antibiotic Era Raw: First Lady Says `Drink Up' More Water Courts Conflicted Over Healthcare Law Holder Urges Bipartisanship on Immigration Raw: Truck, Train Crash Leads to Fireball US Airlines Cancel Israel Flights Obama Signs Workforce Training Law Crash Victims' Remains Reach Ukraine-held City Diplomatic Push Intensifies to End War in Gaza Cat Fans Lap Up Feline Film Festival Michigan Plant's Goal: Flower and Die Veteran Creates Job During High Unemployment
Photos of the Week