Police: Man shot himself in leg in accidental Boscawen shooting

  • Boscawen police chief Kevin Wyman talks on the phone at 1 Corn Hill Road in Boscawen on Monday afternoon, January 22, 2018. GEOFF FORESTER

  • Police tape adorns the front yard 1 Corn Hill Road in Boscawen after a shooting on Sunday. Police chief Kevin Wyman said the investigation is ongoing and the victim has not been identified. GEOFF FORESTER

Monitor staff
Thursday, January 25, 2018

A man shot himself in the leg accidentally in Boscawen on Sunday, which spurred a large police response, days of investigation and several arrests, police said. 

Officials released little information in the days following reports of a heavy police presence at 1 Corn Hill Road on Sunday, other than that there were multiple arrests and that a suspect had exchanged bites with a K-9 police dog.

Police said there was a lot of information to sort through.

“There were a lot of mixed stories,” Police Chief Kevin Wyman said Thursday, four days after the shooting.

Thirteen people were living at the property and some of them said the man had shot himself while inside the house, others said he had been shot by another person in the driveway, according to Wyman.

The circumstances that led to the shooting were not immediately clear. The man, who has not been identified, has since been released from the hospital, Wyman said.

Police were responding to an unrelated car accident near Corn Hill Road when an individual came from the house seeking help for someone who had suffered a gunshot wound to the leg, according to reports.

The investigation into the shooting revealed several of the people living on the property were being sought by state police for various charges including probation violations and theft. Most of the crimes were drug-related, Wyman said.

Wyman said four people were arrested Sunday for outstanding bench warrants. One additional charge of resisting arrest was given to one man for biting a K-9 police dog in a trailer where he was living full time. The trailer was not zoned for full-time residence, Wyman said.

As of Thursday, police still had not released the names of the suspects arrested.

Boscawen is in the process of working with state police to investigate other individuals who were living at the residence that were linked to crimes across the state. The process has been slowed by the fact that some people who were found at the scene on Sunday gave police false names, Wyman said.

Police were expected to send out more details on the arrests later Thursday, Wyman said. The Monitor filed a right-to-know request for police records related to the incident.