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March 20, 2014

Ex-firefighter jailed on charges of domestic abuse

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On Tuesday, however, she told the department’s domestic violence officer, Patrolman Kathleen Rocheville, that there had been incidents of physical abuse since July 2012, when O’Leary punched her in the face, splitting her lip, she said.

In another incident, in November 2012, she said O’Leary took his gun from a gun safe, aimed it at her head and then loaded a clip into it, threatening, “Do you want me to use this?”

Someone in the home had called 911 that evening, according to a police report, and officers heard a loud argument in the background, but both told police that they were just having a loud argument and that both of their guns were locked in a gun safe.

In October 2013, police went to the couple’s home and confiscated O’Leary’s gun, following a report of a domestic dispute. Both told police that they had been drinking and had a verbal argument, according to a police report.

The following month, on Nov. 10, police went to what the couple described at the time as an “accidental” 911 call by one of their children. They denied any physical assaults. Two weeks later, officers again responded to a 911 call, apparently dialed by the couple’s 11-year-old son.

The boy told police, however, that he’d just been “nervous” and that his parents hadn’t had a physical fight, just an argument.

On New Year’s Day, the couple again got into an argument, O’Leary’s wife told police this week.

In that incident, O’Leary chased her and tackled her as she tried to flee into a bathroom, sending her head into a door jamb and causing a severe wound, she said. She told police she did not immediately seek medical attention, waiting until the following day. She told family members she had fallen and then went to Beverly Hospital because she did not want anyone she knew in Salem to find out about what had happened, she told Rocheville.

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