Sept. 06–LAWRENCE — A Lawrence firefighter was arrested early Tuesday morning after he allegedly fired shots in his own home. One shot hit him in the right leg, leaving him injured and in need of surgery, police said.
Joseph Carberry, 39, a Lawrence fire lieutenant, was arrested and charged with illegal discharge of a firearm within 500 feet of a building, assault with a dangerous weapon, disorderly conduct and threats, according to police booking records.
He was taken to Lawrence General Hospital for treatment and surgery after the 12:33 a.m. incident.
He was arraigned on the criminal charges in his hospital bed and was ordered held without bail pending a hearing later this month to determine if he’s a danger to himself of the community at large.
Police Chief James Fitzpatrick said officers were called to Carberry’s 11 South Boylston St. home for a “report of a distraught male who is possibly armed.”
Police were told the “distraught male … was inside his house and allegedly had access to additional firearms,” Fitzpatrick said.
Officers who arrived heard two gun shots fired in the house. The front door was left slightly ajar and a dog, a bull mastiff, came running out “growling and barking” at police when they arrived, the chief said.
The dog continued to be aggressive and officers fired shots at the bull mastiff “striking it at least once,” Fitzpatrick said.
Officers said they could see a white male standing just inside the door of the home. The man called the dog back to the house.
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Fitzpatrick said the man, later identified as Carberry, was in “partial view.”
“They could not see if he was armed,” Fitzpatrick said.
Police could see Carberry had blood streaming down his right leg. He was ordered to step out and get on the ground. Fitzpatrick said he was immediately handcuffed and taken by ambulance to Lawrence General Hospital.
Fitzpatrick said Carberry was subdued and arrested “in a matter of a few minutes.”
“You shot my dog. You shot my (expletive) dog,” Carberry allegedly said to arresting officers.
In the home, police officers recovered a dozen firearms including a .357 magnum revolver and a .40 caliber handgun. Officers pried open a locked gun safe to seize the majority of the weapons, Fitzpatrick said.
The condition of the bull mastiff was unclear Tuesday.
Fire Chief Brian Moriarty declined comment for this story, citing the open criminal investigation.
By Jill Harmacinski, The Eagle-Tribune, North Andover, Mass.
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