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October 31, 2012

Judge orders Manchester cop held until trial


She went on to express concern for her dog, a dachshund. “I don’t know whether he killed my dog,” she told the dispatcher. “I don’t want my dog dying over there, but I don’t dare go back. Please hurry.”

As prosecutor Jane Prince played the recorded call, the woman sat crying in the courtroom gallery.

As she waited for police, she told an officer on the other end of the line that Swallow appeared to be staring up at her.

Beverly police Patrolman Daniel Brown found Swallow sitting outside his home. He said Swallow was cooperative when ordered to put his hands up, telling the officers, “I don’t want to hurt you guys.”

Brown went on to describe the extensive gun collection in the Swallow home, noting that three guns were not properly secured, and the Ruger that Swallow allegedly aimed at his wife was found in an unlocked nightstand drawer, where police also found the casing of the bullet he had fired.

Prince questioned whether the firing of the gun was an accident, suggesting that it was done in anger.

“This was a near-lethal situation,” the prosecutor said. “Mr. Swallow had been drinking. He pointed a gun at his wife’s head, and then he pointed the gun at his dog’s head.” Prince suggested that while Swallow’s wife did not testify, her comments on the recorded calls and in a statement written after the incident showed she was “extraordinarily fearful” of Swallow.

Ranta, Swallow’s lawyer, said his client has been grappling with some personal issues, including the death of his longtime friend, Hamilton police Sgt. Ken Nagy, who killed himself in February after shooting a Beverly officer he suspected of having a romantic interest in his wife.

Swallow was the first EMT to arrive at the suicide scene that night, his lawyer said.

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