2 face firearms charges in Barton Cove incident

  • A shotgun confiscated by police after two people were seen racking shells at Barton Cove. Contributed photo

For the Gazette
Published: 9/22/2017 11:44:22 PM

GILL — Police responded to a shotgun scare at Barton Cove on Thursday.

Hikers called police about “two subjects brandishing and racking rounds out of a shotgun in the recreational area of Barton Cove Road,” a press statement about the incident says. They left soon after in a vehicle.

Police put out a ‘be on the lookout’ alert over the radio to surrounding towns, including a description of the vehicle given by the hikers.

“Shortly after the broadcast, officers from the Leverett Police Department stopped the vehicle on Route 63 near Bull Hill Road,” the statement says.

An officer from Gill and other area police departments, including Montague police dog “Artie,” responded to investigate and help Leverett officers.

Gill Police Sgt. Christopher Redmond said three people were involved; two are now facing charges from Gill police. Names have not yet been released because they haven’t been to court yet. He noted the shotgun was a Remington.

Leverett Police Department could not be reached for comment Friday.

From Gill, the subjects “face a host of charges including unlicensed possession of a firearm and ammunition, and disorderly conduct,” the statement says. “The firearm’s ownership is being determined at this time.”


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