Ex-police chief Fleury facing new gun charge

Had been cleared of charges in boy's 2008 gun show shooting death

Former Pelham Police Chief Edward Fleury is seen here in this 2011 file image, after he was acquitted of involuntary manslaughter in the death of 8 year-old Christopher Bizilj.

BELCHERTOWN, Mass. (WWLP) – A former police chief acquitted of involuntary manslaughter for a child’s shooting death at a gun show has been arrested again, after he allegedly pointed a gun at someone outside a Belchertown social club.

Former Pelham Police Chief Edward Fleury was arrested last week in connection with the incident, which happened in early August, Belchertown Police Chief Francis Fox said.

Mary Carey, spokesperson for the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office, told 22News that Fleury allegedly pointed a gun at a person outside the Belchertown VFW on August 2. He was arraigned Thursday in Eastern Hampshire District Court on one count of carrying a licensed firearm while under the influence of liquor.

Fleury was ordered give up all of his guns, including rifles and shotguns, while the case continues. He is due back in court on October 10.

Fleury received nationwide attention in 2011 when he went on trial for involuntary manslaughter for the death of 8 year-old Christopher Bizilj.  In the fall of 2008, Bizilj was killed during a machine gun shoot at the Westfield Sportsmen’s Club, when the Uzi submachine gun he was using kicked back; shooting him in the head. Fleury was charged because his firearms training company sponsored the event.

Fleury was cleared of all charges by a Springfield jury in 2011, but he resigned his post as Pelham police chief well before that, in January of 2009.

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