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Off-duty officer says man displayed his gun

FITZWILLIAM — A Fitzwilliam man is facing charges of criminal threatening and reckless conduct, after an off-duty Rindge police officer reported that he showed a handgun when she tapped her brakes because he was tailgating her car.

According to an affidavit filed in 8th Circuit Court, Jaffrey, by Fitzwilliam police, Rindge Officer Rachel Derosier was off-duty, driving her own vehicle on Route 12 in Fitzwilliam at 2:47 p.m. on Wednesday. She notified Cheshire Country dispatch that she was being followed by a gold Mercedes Benz and had tapped her brakes because she felt the driver was following to close. She said she saw the male driver display what appeared to be a handgun and that she felt threatened.

Fitzwilliam police checked license plate number that Derosier reported, and Officer Kevin Stone went to the residence of the car’s owner, Nicholas M. Palmisano, 23, of Fitzwilliam. According to the affidavit, Stone saw the car parked in a garage and spoke to Palmisano, who admitted he had displayed a handgun on the dash of the vehicle, but said he did not point the gun in Derosier’s direction.

Palmisano was arrested and charge with reckless conduct and criminal threatening. He was initially held at the Cheshire County Department of Corrections in lieu of $10,000 cash bail. On Thursday, Palmisano’s bail was reduced to $2,000 cash bail.

On Monday at a hearing in 8th Circuit Court, Jaffrey, probable cause was found for a trial. Bail was upheld at $2,000 cash and the case will go to Cheshire County Superior Court.

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