April 12th, 2013
10:40 PM ET

Police chief left gun out, teen killed self with it

A New Hampshire police chief was cited Friday for improperly storing his service firearm after a teenager used the weapon to commit suicide in the chief's home in March, according to the local prosecutor.

Danville Police Chief Wade Parsons allegedly left his firearm, a .40-caliber Glock 22 pistol, on top of a safe in his bedroom closet on March 11, said Rockingham County Attorney Jim Reams.

Parsons left the house to run errands, while the boy - the 15-year-old son of the chief's girlfriend - remained in the home.  When Parsons returned, he discovered the boy's body, Reams said.

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  1. flamespeak

    I fail to see why he would be punished for something like this. It wasn't like the kid was 5 years old or anything of that nature. Sad he killed himself and all, but still, a little common sense would be appreciated in the matter.

    April 13, 2013 at 2:14 am | Report abuse |
  2. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "The Lunatic Fringe"

    I need to get a couple more guns.

    April 13, 2013 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  3. Jason

    Even the police can't be trusted with those evil guns....

    April 13, 2013 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  4. fernace

    W/all the "accidental" & otherwise shooting that have occured in the past few weeks, it seems people would be a bit more vigilant about the safe storage of guns, but we're still lackadaisical & prone to call these incidents "accidents"! It's not, it's human error & needs to be addressed!!

    April 13, 2013 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
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    April 13, 2013 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Duhhh

    I believe the law states that guns must be properly stored and locked if there are children in the house, he should have known this being the police chief

    May 7, 2013 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |