Man killed by police had warrant

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Friday, November 23, 2018 11:53AM

There was an arrest warrant issued in New Hampshire for the Dublin man who was shot and killed by police in Massachusetts last week.

Documents on file at the Cheshire Superior Court show an arrest warrant was issued for Joseph Loughery, 59 – who was facing three felony charges of reckless conduct with a deadly weapon – on Nov. 13, one day before he was shot and killed by officers from the Auburn, Massachusetts Police Department.

Loughery was approached by Auburn police officers on the afternoon of Nov. 14 while he was sitting in a pickup truck in a gas station parking lot, according to a press release from the office of Worcester County District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr.

Loughery was holding a sawed-off .22-caliber rifle and moving his arms while officers were telling him to put down the weapon. Officers were heard shouting “drop the gun,” don’t do it,” and “let us help you,” the release said. 

Cheshire County Attorney D. Chris McLaughlin said Wednesday that he filed a motion to issue the arrest warrant and revoke Loughery’s bail after he violated his bail conditions on two occasions, once on Oct. 28 and a second time on Nov. 9.

“He was originally released on home confinement with electronic monitoring,” McLaughlin said. McLaughlin said Loughery went to his neighbor’s property for about 30 minutes during the first incident, and threatened a neighbor during the second. 

There was a competency hearing scheduled for Feb. 1 for Loughery. McLaughlin said the issue of Loughery’s competence was raised by his defense. 

Loughery was arraigned on April 9 at the Cheshire Superior Court after allegedly firing a .22-caliber rifle at a Roxbury home on April 7.

Indictments say that Loughery put the residents of the home in danger by shooting at the residence. He allegedly caused damage to the front door knob, the siding adjacent to the front door, and a printer inside the home.

McLaughlin said Loughery had shot at the house after confronting a mechanic who was working on the property. The homeowners had been letting the mechanic do work in their garage, McLaughlin said. 

Loughery is said to have paid the man a $1,000 deposit to work on his vehicle, which had not been completed by the time of the confrontation. 

McLaughlin said a BOLO (be on the lookout) was issued by Dublin police after the battery of Loughery’s monitoring device died.

“No one knew where he was,” McLaughlin said. 

A relative of Loughery had called the Dublin Police Department requesting a welfare check and had indicated to the department prior that he had been missing. 

A cell phone application was used to locate Loughery, tracing him to Auburn. 

Loughery was taken to UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, Massachusetts, where he was pronounced dead. An autopsy was expected on Thursday. 

The officers were not injured in the confrontation, but were placed on administrative leave during the investigation. Placing officers on administrative leave is a department policy, the release said. 

Auburn police referred all media inquiries to the Worcester County District Attorney’s office.

The office’s Director of Communications Tim Connolly said the office would likely not be releasing any further information until the investigation is completed. There is no current timeline for how long the investigation will take to complete. 

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