LITTLETON — Chief Matthew J. Pinard reports that the Littleton Police Department has charged a man with several violations after bullet holes were found in a neighboring home.
As a result of an investigation, a 63-YEAR-OLD LITTLETON MAN has been charged with:
Discharging a Firearm within 500 Feet of a Dwelling
Malicious Destruction of Property
On Monday, Feb. 25 at 8:30 p.m., Littleton Police officers were dispatched to a home on Green Needles Road for a report of bullet holes found in a bedroom of the home. Upon arrival, officers were shown a round hole in the drywall of a bedroom, leading directly to the outside of the house.
Officers then found a second hole in a wall leading to the master bedroom and a third hole in a far bedroom wall. Chief Pinard and Deputy Chief Jeff Patterson arrived on scene shortly afterward.
Investigators determined that the trajectory of all three holes appeared to form a straight line, indicating the likelihood of a single shot from a firearm.
Littleton Police detectives worked with the Massachusetts State Police ballistics and crime scene investigators. A projectile was eventually located inside the home and determined to be a black powder fired ball.
A determination was made that a shot was fired from an apartment in the neighboring building. Early Tuesday morning, detectives made contact with the resident of the apartment. A black powder pistol was surrendered to police, and the suspect was notified that he would face charges.
The suspect is known to police, and he does not have a license to own or carry firearms (FID/LTC).
“This was a very dangerous situation in which our investigation showed the suspect allegedly fired a round into a home,” Chief Pinard said. “I would like to acknowledge the work of Detectives John Janakos and Patrick O’Donoghue for their diligent work in quickly determining the circumstances and origin of the shot. Thankfully, no one was harmed.”
The incident remains under investigation by Littleton Police and additional charges may be added. The suspect will be summonsed to appear in Ayer District Court at a later date. The suspect’s name will be released at court, but may not be released at this time.
These are allegations. All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty.