Death investigated at Danville, N.H., police chief's home

Mar 12, 2013 Full story: Boston.com 19

New Hampshire State Police are investigating an "untimely death" Monday evening at the home of the Danville, N.H., police chief.

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You Know Who

Marlborough, MA

#1 Mar 13, 2013
How long are the NH State Police going to leave the Taxpaying Public in total darkness as far as to what happened at the home of this lawman?

If this shooting and death had happened at the home of a plain old citizen; the NH State Police would have already released a statement by now. But, not surprisingly; since this mess involves a fellow lawman; nothing at all is being said on the matter.

Let's all wait and see on this mess and watch for what the outcome will be. My money is on the standard response when something fishy happens regarding a lawman: it will quickly be explained away as being "no fault or responsibilty on the side of the police chief". No big surprise there.
Steve

Kingston, NH

#2 Mar 13, 2013
You Know Who wrote:
How long are the NH State Police going to leave the Taxpaying Public in total darkness as far as to what happened at the home of this lawman?
If this shooting and death had happened at the home of a plain old citizen; the NH State Police would have already released a statement by now. But, not surprisingly; since this mess involves a fellow lawman; nothing at all is being said on the matter.
Let's all wait and see on this mess and watch for what the outcome will be. My money is on the standard response when something fishy happens regarding a lawman: it will quickly be explained away as being "no fault or responsibilty on the side of the police chief". No big surprise there.
Yeah this is crap leaving people in the dark. I live in Danville and my neighbor was very good friends with the victim. I was told it was a suicide shot to the head... Not an accidental shot in the abdomen.
Steve

Kingston, NH

#3 Mar 13, 2013
Steve wrote:
<quoted text>Yeah this is crap leaving people in the dark. I live in Danville and my neighbor was very good friends with the victim. I was told it was a suicide shot to the head... Not an accidental shot in the abdomen.
Again...what I heard...you're right though...seems like a cover up.
You Know Who

Marlborough, MA

#4 Mar 14, 2013
It is amazing to me that over and over again, the police are allowed to cover things up and to stay hush hush whenever wrongdoing or at the least suspicious circumstances happen involving a lawman. There is clearly a lck of proper checks and balances on not only NH's but the nation's lawmen in general. I would expect that the District Attorney or better yet the State Attorney General demand that the police come clean on this mess and that they handle the investigation without prejudice or special favors. But, needless to say, that is not going to happen. They are all ultimately in bed together and they do not hold themselves to the same standards that they hold the genearl public.

This case is a great example of what I am talking about. It's been over two days since this incident; and not one statement has been released to the Taxpaying Public.

Shame on the NH State Police and shame on those who are responsible for making sure that the police are not allowed to say nothing an something as unusual as a myesterious death at the home of a NH Police Chief.
seacoastnh

Newmarket, NH

#5 Mar 14, 2013
Police chief has a dead male teenager alone (?) in his house yet 4 days later still no info on who pulled the trigger and why.
With no info people can't help but wonder if this poor young fellow was fully dressed when they found him or what the heck was going on.

The complete lack of information only increases speculation...
Would this help the NH police chiefs gun sales, I hope not.
Steve

Kingston, NH

#6 Mar 14, 2013
As a member of the community I hope the chief Does not return to the force. His credibility is diminished. It's unbelievable that this story was put to bed ASAP. When the cruisers showed up at the house they didn't even turn the blues on so it would not attract any attention. This is ridiculous. If it was a civilian then they would have been brought up on charges. What they do not realize is that lying and keeping the public in the dark makes it look worse. The attorney's office is staying out of it and letting the Town Police department investigate?? There's like 3 cops besides the chief and tbey dre NOT detectives...what a joke.
mary

Waitsfield, VT

#7 Mar 15, 2013
You all need to stop making drama...a young man has killed himself...its a family tragedy..lets not slam the cheif..instead have a little compassion and kindness
You Know Who

Marlborough, MA

#8 Mar 15, 2013
mary wrote:
You all need to stop making drama...a young man has killed himself...its a family tragedy..lets not slam the cheif..instead have a little compassion and kindness
Mary,

In all due respect to the young man who is no longer with us; if it is cut and dry as you are describing, why has there been no statement whatsover from the police?

Besides that, what was this young man doing at Chieffie Boy's house? It seems mighty odd to me that a young man winds up dead at the home of a police chief; and even odder that the police have not said one peep about the incident.

There is no way in hell that this situation would have been handled this same exact way if the death had happened at the home of a plain old, ordinary citizen. This is BS and we all now it.

The Danville PD and the NH State Police need to come clean on this tragedy; and do it fast! The longer that they all hide their heads in the sand; the more suspicious this whole mess looks. And, the more bias they appear. Again, the fact that nothing at all has been said is BS; plain and simple.
RIP

Kingston, NH

#9 Mar 17, 2013
Steve wrote:
As a member of the community I hope the chief Does not return to the force. His credibility is diminished. It's unbelievable that this story was put to bed ASAP. When the cruisers showed up at the house they didn't even turn the blues on so it would not attract any attention. This is ridiculous. If it was a civilian then they would have been brought up on charges. What they do not realize is that lying and keeping the public in the dark makes it look worse. The attorney's office is staying out of it and letting the Town Police department investigate?? There's like 3 cops besides the chief and tbey dre NOT detectives...what a joke.
Steve, State Police are investigating the incident, not Danville Police. You should get your facts straight. Have you ever thought that the family of this minor might not want information released to the public?? Don't they have rights, it's their son. Leave this poor family alone, and let them grieve. Have you no mercy??
HMF

Sanbornville, NH

#10 Mar 17, 2013
The darkness and total lack of information on this shooting is disturbing. You Know Who - I totally agree with your position on this case. If it was another house,even an abandoned on, the news would be all over it. If you have something to say about the Danville police department, wisper it to your dog.
HMF
HMF

Sanbornville, NH

#11 Mar 17, 2013
ps.not one post or comment from anyone in Danville has been made.Shameful. People who live in other towns seem appalled by this incident but apparently Danville residents are used to this type of "silence".
One more time, shameful
debbie

Hampstead, NH

#12 Mar 20, 2013
You Know Who wrote:
<quoted text>
first i would like to say that you people making all these comments are very rude, first you dont know any of these people the reason they are not giving a statement about this boys death is because his family has requested the info to be kept quiet, secondly the reason this boy was at the police chief's house was because his mother was the chief's girlfriend but i do love how all of you are trying to make it seem like the chief had something to do with the boys death. i know both the boy and the chief and i am deeply sadden by the his death and and the chief is a good man who is going to be living with the guilt of this event for the rest of his life even thou he wasnt even home... people need to stop jumping to conclusions or trying to make it seem like something sinister is going on here... it was a tragic loss and his family deserves the respect of not having people like you guys from making things worse...
Mary,
In all due respect to the young man who is no longer with us; if it is cut and dry as you are describing, why has there been no statement whatsover from the police?
Besides that, what was this young man doing at Chieffie Boy's house? It seems mighty odd to me that a young man winds up dead at the home of a police chief; and even odder that the police have not said one peep about the incident.
There is no way in hell that this situation would have been handled this same exact way if the death had happened at the home of a plain old, ordinary citizen. This is BS and we all now it.
The Danville PD and the NH State Police need to come clean on this tragedy; and do it fast! The longer that they all hide their heads in the sand; the more suspicious this whole mess looks. And, the more bias they appear. Again, the fact that nothing at all has been said is BS; plain and simple.
to the person that wrote this comment and to all the rest who have been trying to make it seem like something sinister is going on, they are not keeping you in the dark for a reason, the reason is that the family of this biy has asked for the details to be kept quiet which is there right to do... this was just a tragic accident and a great loss to his family and his friends.. the police chief is a good man and wasnt even home at the time the boy shot himself and as for why he was at the chief's house was because his mother is in a relationship with the chief.. the chief was not involved in the shooting.. you people make me sick in the fact that you feel that this family's personnel tragidey should be any of your business at all and for the fact that you people instantly want to believe that the chief is guilty of something or that there is some cover up going on.. the boy was a minor and by that thye cant release info with out consulting the family...
Sympathetic Neighbor

Salem, NH

#13 Mar 20, 2013
Debbie- when a 15 year old dies you have to expect people are going to be curious as to what happened. When most people, especially parents hear about the death of a child they truly grieve for the family.
Maybe this was an accident but of course when things are kept so quiet, questions will come up.
The news reports specifically say that it was not a homicide and not an accident and when asked if it were a suicide they said "I wouldn't call it that". That right there is what raises questions.

I truly understand the family's right to privacy but why not just call it an accident when the initial report came out?

My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Jacob.
You Know Who

Marlborough, MA

#14 Mar 21, 2013
Again, with all due respect to the young man and his family; there is still no doubt in my mind that this was handled differently by the police because it involves the police chief.

If this same thing had happened at the home of a plain old ordinary citizen; chances are high that the police would have released a statement early on that said something along the lines of "police are investigating to see whether drugs or alcohol were involved". We have all read countless stories regarding car crashes for example, where very quickly the police release the statement that I just discribed. At least when it comes to car crashes that simply involve members of the general public, that is.

When car crashes involve either an on duty or an off duty cop; the police NEVER release a statement mentioning a potential of drugs or alcohol being considered......

That is how the game is played....
You Know Who

Marlborough, MA

#15 Mar 21, 2013
debbie wrote:
<quoted text>
to the person that wrote this comment and to all the rest who have been trying to make it seem like something sinister is going on, they are not keeping you in the dark for a reason, the reason is that the family of this biy has asked for the details to be kept quiet which is there right to do... this was just a tragic accident and a great loss to his family and his friends.. the police chief is a good man and wasnt even home at the time the boy shot himself and as for why he was at the chief's house was because his mother is in a relationship with the chief.. the chief was not involved in the shooting.. you people make me sick in the fact that you feel that this family's personnel tragidey should be any of your business at all and for the fact that you people instantly want to believe that the chief is guilty of something or that there is some cover up going on.. the boy was a minor and by that thye cant release info with out consulting the family...
Debbie,

You appear to have the inside info on this case.

You are saying that the Chief wasn't even home at the time of this tragedy. Who's gun was used? Was it the Chief's? If so, why wasn't it properly locked up and secured?

Out in the general population, a plain old ordinary citizen could quickly find themselves being charged with some sort of responsibility of negligent death if they had an unsecured gun in their house and an underage boy wound up dead as a result of a bullet from that unsecured gun.

Needless to say, even if one of Chieffie Boy's unsecured guns WAS used in this unfortunate death; chances are extermely high that Chieffie Boy will not be charged with any sort of negligence in this case.

We can all see how the police are playing it: Simply say nothing and ignore it and wait until it all dies down. In other words, business as usual in the world of our lawmen....
Sympathetic Neighbor

Salem, NH

#16 Mar 22, 2013
Everyone sticking up for the police department will not answer one simple question that I have. The last article said it was no an accident, not a homicide and they would not call it a suicide. SO what does that mean???
You Know Who

Marlborough, MA

#17 Mar 22, 2013
Again, I have to wonder who's gun was used. Since this death happened at the home of a police chief, the chances are very high that the gun that was used belonged to the chief. Debbie (above) claims that Chieffie Boy wasn't even home at the time. If one of HIS guns WAS used; it was obviously NOT properly locked up and secured. If THAT IS the case, it seems to me that Chieffie Boy should be charged with negligence resulting in death.
Herman 123

Boston, MA

#18 Apr 7, 2013
Where was the chief?
Why was his gun loaded and unlocked?
Why is the Chief dating a married women?
I bet he did this. One day it will all come out. The girlfriend is a lose cannon anyway
You Know Who

Marlborough, MA

#19 Apr 12, 2013
This mornings News reported that Chieffie Boy is probably going to have some sort of charge lodged against him. Apparently, Chieffie Boy left a unsecured loaded gun laying around the house. He even went so far as to leave the gun around when he wasn't home. Sadly, Chieffie Boy's stupidity and negligence was 100% responsible for the death of this underage boy.

It still amazes me that it took nearly a month for this story to finally be made known. Needless to say; if a plain old, ordinary citizen left a loaded gun laying around the house, and an underage boy found it and it resulted in his death; the story would have been released within 24 hours or so of the incident. And, charges would have been filed just as fast, to the owner of the unsecured gun. Again, that is how it all would have worked when it comes to plain old, ordinary citizens.

But, when the same thing happens at the home of a cop; especially a Police Chief; somehow things drag out for damn near a month. My strong hunch is that if this story hadn't quickly made it to the media's attention; good ol' Chieffie Boy would never be charged with a single thing. The whole damn thing would have been swept under the rug as quickly as possible....there is no need to shine any negetive light on law enforcement...very similiar to the Catholic Church's thinking...just handle it internally; no need to file charges (even if laws were broken)...no need to bring negative attention to the organization....

Again, my condolences to the family of this young boy. This is a sad story and it must be especially difficult for the family. However, it is a great example of how an investigation is handled entirely different when it comes to wrongdoing by a lawman....one month for charges to possibly be filed and one month for the story to finally be told is too damn long. Again, it sure as hell would not have taken this long if this hadn't happened at the home of a Police Chief....

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