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Steven William Paul of Belchertown held after allegedly threatening wife with gun

BELCHERTOWN — A Belchertown man who allegedly threatened his wife with a handgun and fired shots inside their home remains in custody at Hampshire Jail and House of Correction in Northampton until a detention hearing later this month.

Steven William Paul, 59, of 175 Warner St., was arrested at 5:34 p.m. Oct. 9 at his home on charges of assault with a dangerous weapon, assault with intent to murder, discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a building and threatening to commit a crime, said Belchertown Police Chief Francis Fox.

Police were contacted by a woman on the afternoon of Oct. 9, a day after she was involved in a disturbance in which Paul allegedly pointed a 9 mm Glock pistol at her, Fox said. He did not identify her by name but said she is Paul’s wife.

The woman called police after Paul appeared to lock himself into a portion of the house and fired gunshots, Fox said. “He might have barricaded himself inside and discharged the gun inside the home,” he said.

Fox said Belchertown police, with assistance from state police at the Belchertown barracks and Troop C in Holden as well as a state police helicopter, responded. The woman had already safely left the home.

“It was a very serious situation,” Fox said. “It was something we take very seriously here.”

Police then contacted Paul by phone between 3 and 4 p.m. and a state police special tactical operations (STOP) team was prepared to enter the residence to remove Paul.

Fox said this wasn’t necessary, as Paul came out of the home a short time later and was arrested.

No one was injured during the incident.

Paul’s detention hearing is scheduled for Tuesday in Eastern Hampshire District Court in Belchertown.

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