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Report: Wounds self-inflicted 

  • Proctor Road at Harkness Street was still closed off Sunday afternoon. (STAFF PHOTO BY MICHELE NUTTLE/MONADNOCK LEDGER-TRANSCRIPT)

  • Jaffrey police are still investigating a shooting that took place over the weekend. Monday, June 13, 2016.(Nicholas Handy / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript)

  • Jaffrey police are still investigating a shooting that took place over the weekend. Monday, June 13, 2016.(Nicholas Handy / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript)



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Monday, August 08, 2016

Police say a Jaffrey man at the center of a June shooting incident shot himself. 

Police Chief William Oswalt said Friday that Jason D. Conety, 42, shot himself with a .22-caliber rifle on June 11 on Proctor Road. Conety tried to cover it up, according to Oswalt, by throwing the rifle into a nearby body of water.

“Early on, he had told us that someone had came upon him at [his employer’s house] and shot him,” said Oswalt, who said nothing had been stolen from the house. “We had to assume at the time that he had interrupted a burglary that was in progress.”

Jaffrey police were dispatched to Proctor Road around 6:10 p.m. to investigate the report of a possible shooting. They came upon Conety, who had gunshot wounds to the abdomen and lower back. Conety was found near his truck, which was stopped near the home of Dennis Wright. Conety was employed by Wright at the time

At the time of the incident, Oswalt said that it would not be uncommon for Conety to be visiting the home, as he would occasionally pick up or drop things off at Wright’s home.

“There is much that we are not able to speculate, as he was the only one there,” said Oswalt. “He is claiming that he has a limited memory of what happened.”

Oswalt said that Conety is currently living in Vermont with a family member and is recovering from his wounds. Police believe that Conety shot himself in a way that would not cause him a fatal injury. 

Currently, no charges are pending against Conety, as police are still determining his motives. Oswalt said that any charges pursued will come out of future interviews with Conety. 

The day after the shooting, police found the rifle in a nearby body of water with the help of the Jaffrey Fire Department and its pump truck. Oswalt said that the rifle couldn’t have been submerged for long.

Through forensics analysis, police wear able to find Conety’s fingerprints on the rifle, which was wrapped with a “smaller trash bag.”

“A plastic bag had been attached to the rifle in a manner that suggested its purpose might have been to prevent fingerprints from being left on the gun as well as to trap any shell casings ejected from the firing of the rifle,” said Oswalt, in a press release. Oswalt later said that one shell was found in the bag. 

Police do not currently know the owner of the rifle, as an Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigation traced the gun through multiple owners, with the most recent documented owner living in Michigan. 

 

Nicholas Handy can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 235 or nhandy@ledgertranscript.com.