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Police chief cleared after teen uses his gun to kill himself at home

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SALEM, New Hampshire — A New Hampshire police chief has been cleared of a charge of negligently storing firearms at his home after a 15-year-old boy fatally shot himself there.

Judge Edwin Kelly found Danville Police Chief Wade Parsons not guilty on a charge that he failed to properly secure his service revolver in a bedroom closet.

Jacob Carver, the son of Parsons' girlfriend, used the handgun to kill himself on March 11, 2013.

The Eagle Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1vRCI0Q) Kelly, administrative judge of the state's circuit court system, said the defense failed to prove Parsons could have known Carver would use the gun.

Carver's mother, Debbie Carver, wiped tears from her eyes throughout the trial. She has said Parsons could not have prevented her son's death and should not be held responsible.


Information from: Eagle Tribune (North Andover, Massachusetts), http://www.eagletribune.com

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