Ex-police chief arraigned on assault, gun charges

Edward Fleury accused of pointing gun at someone outside Belchertown VFW

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.

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – A former Hampshire County police chief acquitted of involuntary manslaughter in the accidental shooting death of an eight year-old boy has been arraigned on unrelated charges.

Ex-Pelham Police Chief Edward Fleury was in Hampshire Superior Court Tuesday to face charges from an incident last summer in which he allegedly pointed a gun at someone outside the Belchertown VFW. He was originally arraigned at Eastern Hampshire District Court in Belchertown back in September, but last month, he was indicted by a Hampshire County grand jury.

Fleury is facing one count of assault with a dangerous weapon and 22 counts of improper storage of a firearm in connection with the August 2 incident. Mary Carey, spokesperson for the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office, says that Fleury remains free on personal recognizance, on the conditions that he stay away from the victim and the Belchertown VFW. His guns are in the possession of police while the case remains open.

Fleury received nationwide attention back in 2011, when he went on trial for involuntary manslaughter for the death of 8 year-old Christopher Bizilj. The boy was killed as a result of a 2008 accident at gun shoot Fleury’s firearms company sponsored at the Westfield Sportsmen’s Club. The Uzi submachine gun the boy was firing kicked back, shooting him in the head.

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

The next court dates for Fleury have been set for March 24 and March 28.

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