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Claremont man claims he blacked out during shooting incident, court records show

  • Kevin Dooley, of Claremont, N.H.

Published: 4/14/2021 9:29:01 PM
Modified: 4/14/2021 9:28:58 PM

CLAREMONT — A 30-year-old Claremont man claims he blacked out and doesn’t remember firing a handgun at another man Monday morning, according to court documents.

No one was injured in the incident but Kevin Dooley was charged with reckless conduct with a deadly weapon and criminal threatening with a deadly weapon.

According to a recently released police affidavit, Dooley told police the incident started that morning when he got a call from his female friend. According to Dooley, the woman asked him to come to her home on Madison Place because she was having issues with her boyfriend.

Dooley claimed that when he arrived at the home a little after 7 a.m. Monday, the woman’s boyfriend rushed at him and “told him to shoot him,” according to the affidavit written by Claremont Police Sgt. Tyler Petrin. When Dooley, who had a shotgun and a Glock 43X with him in the car, held up one of the guns, and the boyfriend pushed it away before throwing a punch at Dooley, the affidavit said.

Dooley said that the gun went off because it doesn’t have a safety, and that he “blacked out” after the gun fired. When asked how many shots were fired, Dooley told police he didn’t know because “when something like that happens, he blacks out,” the affidavit said.

A taxi driver who was in the area at the time said she saw the two men arguing and saw Dooley point a shotgun at the boyfriend, according to the affidavit. She told police she heard three consecutive shots.

Dooley is scheduled to appear in Sullivan Superior Court for an arraignment on the charges Friday.

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