Police: Neighbor shot Gilford man to break up domestic assault

  • Izaiah J. Conway, 21, of Gilford is charged with felony second-degree assault and misdemeanor simple assault in connection with a domestic dispute in Belmont on Jan. 12, 2018. —Courtesy

Monitor staff
Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Belmont police have arrested a Gilford man accused of beating, choking and threatening to kill a woman before a concerned neighbor intervened and shot him in the leg.

Izaiah Conway, 21, is charged with felony second-degree assault and misdemeanor simple assault in connection with the Friday morning incident.

Police responded to a Cycle Lane residence at about 6 a.m. for a report of a felony-level assault during which a firearm had been discharged. A woman told police that Conway, who had been inside her home, had struck her several times with a baton and then restrained her while threatening to take her life. She said she started to lose consciousness at some point during the assault, police said.

A neighbor who heard the disturbance intervened by pounding on the door to the residence. Upon hearing someone at the door, Conway left the woman, ran to the door and kicked it in, shattering it, police said. The encounter between the two men led to a single round being fired from the neighbor’s handgun, police said.

Conway, who suffered a leg injury, fled the scene in a vehicle, according to reports. Police issued an alert to area hospitals, asking medical staff to be on the lookout for an adult male seeking treatment for a gunshot wound to his leg.

The police investigation culminated nearly 12 hours later when Conway was arrested at his Gilford home.

The adult female was taken by ambulance to a local hospital for treatment of her injuries. She was later released.

Belmont police Lt. Richard Mann said by phone Monday that the investigation into the neighbor’s decision to discharge his handgun remains open. Police records will ultimately be reviewed by Belknap County Attorney Andrew Livernois, who will determine whether the man was justified in shooting Conway or if criminal charges are warranted.

Conway is being held for lack of $15,000 bail and is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday afternoon in Belknap County Superior Court in Laconia.