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Merrimack Valley

July 2, 2013

Suspect charged with assaulting girlfriend, dozens of guns found

GROVELAND — Police in Groveland were prepared for a possible standoff with a man who had locked himself inside his home with a large quantity of firearms after he allegedly assaulted his 43-year-old girlfriend. A state police SWAT team was called in as backup, but after speaking to the man via his cellphone he surrendered.

Police said they confiscated dozens of handguns and hunting rifles, for which they said the man was legally licensed to own.

“It was a lot of guns,” said Groveland Police Chief Robert Kirmelewicz. “In my 28 years I can only recall one other time when we took this many guns out of a residence.”

Police charged Michael Sheedy, 57, of 183 King St. with domestic assault and battery, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and disturbing the peace. At Sheedy’s arraignment yesterday in Haverhill District Court, Assistant District Attorney Stephen Patten asked Judge Stephen Abany to find probable cause to hold Sheedy pending a dangerousness hearing. Patten said Sheedy takes medication for depression and drinks alcohol as well, and owns dozens of firearms.

“His depression mixed with alcohol and firearms is a potentially lethal situation,” Patten said.

Abany ordered Sheedy held without bail and scheduled a dangerousness hearing for today. Sheedy said he planned on hiring a defense lawyer who will be in court with him today.

“With alcohol and guns, everyone is justifiably concerned,” Abany said.

During yesterday’s hearing, Sheedy’s girlfriend requested and was granted a restraining order against Sheedy. Abany, noting that he was holding Sheedy without bail overnight, ordered him to have no contact with her by any means.

“I love him and I care for him very much,” the woman told Abany. “I’m not here to make him look bad. I just did what I had to do (by calling the police) and I want him to know it’s not right (hitting her) and I’m not against him.”

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