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October 30, 2012

Officer held pending dangerousness hearing

Manchester sergeant Was target of NH abuse investigation

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As she approached her neighbor’s home, she heard a single gunshot, she told police.

The couple’s neighbors called 911.

Swallow, arrested just after midnight, told police that the gun went off accidentally while he was putting it away in his nightstand.

Prosecutor Jane Prince described how the bullet hit a wooden door, then a wall behind the door, and finally went into a dresser, where it was found when officers opened a drawer.

Swallow was outside when police arrived, and he was cooperative, telling them he did not want them to get hurt.

His wife told police that her husband had never threatened her or put her in fear. Yesterday, Swallow’s attorney, Ronald Ranta, said the wife does not want Swallow to be held.

Prosecutors are concerned, however, that Swallow poses a danger and are seeking to have him held without bail at Middleton Jail for up to 90 days.

The guns and weapons belonging to Swallow included four Rugers; two Beretta handguns; four Smith and Wesson handguns; additional guns by Colt, Taurus and ACP; a Bushmaster assault rifle; a Springfield Arms double-barrel shotgun; a Savage Arms hunting rifle; a Winchester shotgun; two BB guns; an antique black powder rifle; and four samurai swords, along with ammunition and cans of black powder.

Because black powder is considered unstable, the state fire marshal’s office was notified, according to the police report.

In addition, police pulled a collection of guns, including some antiques, from the basement of the home.

Ranta, Swallow’s attorney, said those guns and ammunition belonged to Timothy Perkins Jr., who recently inherited them from his father, late longtime Ipswich attorney Timothy Perkins, an avid hunter. Perkins Jr. is currently deployed in Afghanistan.

After Ranta told Judge Michael Lauranzano that Swallow’s wife, a nurse, does not want him held in custody, Lauranzano suggested they hold the required hearing to determine dangerousness immediately.

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