Hancock man fires shots in downtown Jaffrey

Tracy Evin,18, of Hancock

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JAFFREY — A Hancock man faces a felony-level charge of reckless conduct, after he alledgedly fired a handful of shots from a 380-caliber handgun during an altercation in downtown Jaffrey in February, according to court records on file at the 8th Circuit Court in Jaffrey on Tuesday.

Although the shots were fired at the ground and did not harm anyone, Jaffrey Police Chief Bill Oswalt told the Ledger-Transcript on Tuesday that the incident is cause for concern. “The situation is not unique in that a firearm was present, but in the fact that it was used for more than just show — it was fired. As a community, we cannot tolerate it,” he said.

Police arrested and charged Evin Tracy, 18, of Hancock on a warrant issued by the Jaffrey Police Department on Feb. 19, more than a week after Tracy was reportedly involved in a violent altercation in the area of Main Street and Highland Avenue, with people from Jaffrey, Peterborough and Keene. Oswalt said additional charges in the case may be forthcoming as police decipher the facts of the incident, which involved several people.

According to an affidavit for Tracy’s arrest prepared by Lt. Terry L. Choate, Tracy allegedly pointed a handgun at the head of a Jaffrey man, then “lowered the gun slightly and fired two rounds in [the victim’s] direction and the direction of the ground.” Tracy also allegedly hit the victim over the left eye with the body of the firearm , causing injury that required treatment at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center.

Tracy then shot two more rounds at the ground near a second Jaffrey victim, according to the affidavit, and used the body of the firearm to hit the second man, causing a laceration above his eye , Choate wrote.

Jaffrey police recovered the upper portion of the Bersa 380-caliber handgun that houses the barrel and one spent shell outside a Main Street residence , according to the affidavit. After checking the serial number found on the recovered portion of the gun with the National Crime Information Center, police learned the firearm was reported stolen out of Langdon in January.

Oswalt said Tuesday that police have not recovered the entire handgun, nor established a connection between Tracy and the Langdon gun theft.

A blue Nike sweatshirt reportedly worn by Tracy on the night of the altercation, and later recovered by police, helped authorities connect Tracy to the scene of the alleged altercation, Choate wrote in the affidavit. The sweatshirt was worn by Tracy in an early February booking photo taken by Hancock police, Choate noted.

Tracy is currently being held in lieu of $25,000 cash at the House of Corrections. An acquaintance of Tracy had posted the $5,000 cash required for Tracy’s release from jail just hours after his Feb. 19 arrest for reckless conduct. But, according to Oswalt, Tracy violated a protective order shortly after that, prompting police to issue an arrest warrant. Tracy was arrested and charged with violation of a protective order on March 19 — the same day as his probable cause hearing on the reckless conduct charge at the 8th Circuit Court in Jaffrey. At that hearing, a judge upped bail from $5,000 cash to $25,000 cash.

Alyssa Dandrea can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 228 or adandrea@ledgertranscript.com. She’s on Twitter at @alyssadandrea.

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